MERS Health Advisory



What is MERS?
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an illness caused by a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). MERS affects the respiratory system (lungs and breathing tubes). Most MERS patients developed severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.


Increased Risk

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after traveling from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula, or more recently to the territories of North or South Korea, you should call ahead to The Ashe Center and mention your recent travel. While sick, stay home from work or school and delay future travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.

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