Wednesday, June 10, 2015

COCA Call Tomorrow: Updated Information & Guidelines For Evaluation Of MERS

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With MERS cases still appearing sporadically in the Middle East, and a sizable outbreak ongoing in South Korea, the possibility of seeing an imported case of MERS here in the United States cannot be dismissed.

Last year, we had two such importations, although neither passed on the virus to anyone else.

The CDC published and updated their MERS Interim Guidance for Health Professionals and Infection Control Guidelines last summer, to help identify, isolate, and test potential MERS carriers before they can further spread the virus.

Today the CDC announced plans to hold a COCA call tomorrow afternoon for clinicians to bring them up to speed on the latest events with MERS in Korea and update the latest guidance. 

Although primarily of interest to clinicians, the CDC holds frequent COCA (Clinician Outreach Communication Activity) calls which are designed to ensure that practitioners have up-to-date information for their practices. For those unable to listen in live – or if attendance exceeds system capacity – this presentation will be archived for later listening.  

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Date:Thursday, June 11, 2015
Time:2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Audio Only:There are no presentation slides and registration is not required.
  • 888-810-4792 (U.S. Callers)
  • 630-395-0368 (International Callers)
Passcode: 7545982
Join by Live Audio Web Streaming: Listen Only.


Susan Gerber, MD
Team Lead
Division of Viral Diseases
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases — CDC
David Kuhar, MD
Medical Officer
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases ─ CDC


On May 20, 2015, the Republic of Korea (Korea) reported to the World Health Organization an initial case of laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV infection, the first case in what is now the largest single outbreak of MERS-CoV outside of the Arabian Peninsula. During today’s call, clinicians will be provided information about the global situation and the current status of the MERS-CoV outbreak in the Republic of Korea, updated guidance to healthcare providers and state and local health departments regarding who should be evaluated and tested for MERS-CoV infection, and further guidance on “Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Possible MERS-CoV.”

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