MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Public Health England continues to monitor MERS-CoV threat

Public Health England announced on Friday that it is continuing to keep high levels of surveillance on the MERS-CoV threat and will relay any new information or advice on the deadly disease.

MERS-CoV is a new type of coronavirus that was discovered in 2012 and is believed to have originated in the middle east. MERS-CoV is a kind of SARS and is closely related to the more famous SARS that was believed to have originated in parts of China. MERS-CoV is believed to have originated with an unknown animal species and then transferred to humans.

SARS is a disease that works by evading the innate immune responses and disrupting interferon production in the cells. The affects result in severe acute pneumonia, which can eventually lead to renal failure and death.

Cases of the coronavirus continue to be reported in the middle east, however, there have been no new cases in the U.K. since the four that were reported in February 2013.

PHE continues to cooperate and collaborate with the WHO and ECDC in order to ensure that the best information and advice is available to the public.

Health care professionals are urged to be vigilant for signs of the disease, especially in patients who have recently traveled to the middle east. Advice documents are available to healthcare professionals, as well as the public, to help deal with MERS-CoV.