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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

MERS Information 
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness that is new to humans, first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. It has since spread to several other countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula, and travel-associated cases have occurred in numerous other countries, including the United States.  Those infected with MERS often develop a severe acute respiratory illness.

The global MERS situation is being closely monitored, and guidance to public health professionals and clinicians is updated frequently.  Please visit the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) websites below for the latest information.

In Alaska, suspected MERS cases are immediately reportable to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology (SOE) at (907) 269-8000.


General Resources

Resources for Health Care Providers

Laboratory Testing​

The Alaska State Public Health Laboratory-Anchorage has the capacity to test for MERS, contact SOE at (907) 269-8000 for guidance on specimen collection and transport.