Middle Eastern Respiratory Virus Syndrome

Rey Rivera, MD
Monday, June 16, 2014
Category: International Medicine, Pulmonary Infections, Viral Infections

Dr. Rey Rivera, infectious diseases fellow at the USF College of Medicine discusses a case of MERS and the implications of the 2014 MERS Coronavirus outbreak. The 2020 SARS CoV-2 Coronavirus shares similarities with the SARS-CoV and MERS, as all are Betacoronaviruses.  He provides an overview of the infection, viral characteristics, epidemiology, presentation, diagnosis, and management. He also goes over screening criteria from the CDC and recommendations for people traveling to endemic areas such as Saudi Arabia. MERS outbreaks are still ongoing in the Middle East as of early 2020.  Though the podcast was recorded in 2014, the specifics of MERS are worth revisiting in the shadow of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.

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