Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): A More Deadly Human Coronavirus Emerges - CMEZ747

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): A More Deadly Human Coronavirus Emerges

by Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP) and Barbara Barzoloski-O'Connor, MSN, RN, CIC, NHDP - BC
(4.3 / 11 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a lethal pulmonary disease caused by a newly emerged coronavirus. The virus is transmitted to humans from dromedary (one-humped) camels and is not fully understood. It is believed to have originated in bats before it was transmitted to camels. Since human contact with bats is limited, evidence (serological and molecular) suggests that camels are the likely animal reservoir for MERS and the primary zoonotic source for human infection. MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. As of October 2018, there have been 2,266 lab confirmed cases of MERS with 804 deaths. The virus has been found in 27 countries.


The goal of this course is to provide nurses, lab professionals, nurse practitioners, and physicians with the information needed for the prompt identification and isolation of suspected MERS-CoV-infected patients to prevent the spread of infection in healthcare facilities. After studying the information presented, you will be able to:
  • Explain MERS-CoV infections and how they are transmitted to humans.
  • Describe symptoms, complications, and diagnosis of patients with MERS-CoV infections.
  • Provide recommendations for preventing the transmission of MERS-CoV in hospitals.
  • Discuss how members of the interprofessional healthcare team can stem the spread of MERS-CoV in the acute care setting, both individually and collectively.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, lab professionals, and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 3/31/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/8/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/8/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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KERRY M - Williamsburg, VA  ·  Apr 07, 2020
Helpful given the current state of Covid 19 in the world
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GWYNNE R - central city , IA  ·  Mar 31, 2020
Good info for refresher.
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Juan C - Washington, DC  ·  Mar 25, 2020
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Vincent A - Middle Village, NY  ·  Dec 17, 2018
excellent info to be on the look out for a highly infectious disease from the middle east.
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William W - Oldsmar, FL  ·  Nov 27, 2018
important medical information
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Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50