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HHS issues MERS guidance for Hospital Preparedness Program

September 10, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services last week issued guidance on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus for state health departments and the health care coalition participants in the Hospital Preparedness Program. The guidance aligns existing MERS guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with HPP’s National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness. The virus has infected 114 people in eight countries since April 2012, nearly half of whom have died. No cases have been reported in the U.S. to date. In July, the World Health Organization determined that the current MERS situation is serious but does not constitute an international public health emergency. HHS and CDC continue to monitor the situation closely.