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MERS-CoV is now a notifiable condition in South Australia

Advice to members

Middle East respiratory syndrome was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. No cases have been reported in Australia.
On 14 August 2014, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection (MERS-CoV) became a notifiable and controlled notifiable condition under the South Australian Public Health Act 2011. Medical practitioners and pathology services are legally required to notify suspected and confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection to the Communicable Disease Control Branch: urgently telephone 1300 232 272, 24 hours/7 days.

Doctors should suspect Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection (MERS-CoV) in patients with pneumonia or pneumonitis AND a history of travel to or residence in the Middle East in the 14 days before illness onset, or contact with someone with pneumonia or pneumonitis who has recently been (in the 14 days before their illness onset) in the Middle East.
Further clinical information on MERS-CoV infection is available here

Dr Ann Koehler, Director, Communicable Disease Control Branch, SA Health

Updated as of 28 August 2014