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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
December 13, 2016

Health Workers’ Risks for Respiratory Virus

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Copyright 2016 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.

JAMA. 2016;316(22):2349. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.17557

Health care professionals may be more vulnerable to infection with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) than previously believed, according to a recent study. What’s more, those who were infected on the job generally had mild symptoms, which may have allowed some infections to go undetected, transmitting the virus to susceptible patients.

Endemic to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula, MERS-CoV infection is likely transmitted to humans from dromedary camels. Since MERS-CoV was first identified in 2012, 624 deaths have occurred among 1728 laboratory-confirmed cases globally.

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