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Begin precautions to stop spread of MERS now: Organization

Written by: QMI AGENCY
May. 22, 2014

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus is seen in an undated transmission electron micrograph from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in this file handout photo. REUTERS/National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Handout via Reuters/Files


A Canadian health agency is urging health care workers to remember the SARS pandemic in dealing with MERS.

Infection Prevention and Control Canada said it is important for health care workers to make sure they avoid infection considering there are two cases of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in the U.S.

"All health care facilities must remind front-line staff again of the importance of personal protective equipment when caring for a febrile, coughing patient," a statement from the group says. "Constant adherence to good infection prevention and control practices is crucial to prevent transmission of infection to patients, health care workers, and to visitors."

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Since April 2012 there have been more than 650 human cases of MERS, with a 30% fatality rate.

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