- CDC and its partners are closely monitoring a MERS outbreak in theRepublic of Korea, the largest known MERS outbreak outside the Arabian Peninsula.
- MERS is a respiratory illness that has caused fever, cough, and shortness of breath in most people who have the disease.
- Healthcare providers should evaluate patients suspected to have MERS usingCDC’s guidelines and work with health departments to consider testing forpatients under investigation.
MERS in Republic of Korea
Since May 2015, the Republic of Korea has been investigating an outbreak of MERS. It is the largest known outbreak of MERS outside the Arabian Peninsula.
CDC does not recommend that Americans change their travel plans to the Republic of Korea or other countries because of MERS. See MERS in the Republic of Korea, Watch- Level 1 Travel Notice.
For more information, see WHO: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and CDC HAN Advisory: Updated Information and Guidelines for Evaluation of Patients for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infection, June 11, 2015.