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Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an illness caused by a virus. MERS affects the respiratory system. Most patients with MERS develop severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. 

Travelers from the Arabian Peninsula area are at a higher risk for MERS. Countries considered in the Arabian Peninsula and neighboring include: Bahrain; Iraq; Iran; Israel, the West Bank and Gaza; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syria; the United Arab Emirates (UAE); and Yemen.

Anyone developing symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath within 14 days after traveling from the Arabian Peninsula should seek medical attention immediately. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or wear a face mask when entering a public place or medical office. See http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/index.html for more information.