Middle east respiratory syndrome infection control and prevention guideline for healthcare facilities

Jin Yong Kim, Joon Young Song, Young Kyung Yoon, Seong Ho Choi, Young Goo Song, Sung Ran Kim, Hee Jung Son, Sun Young Jeong, Jung Hwa Choi, Kyung Mi Kim, Hee Jung Yoon, Jun Yong Choi, Tae Hyong Kim, Young Hwa Choi, Hong Bin Kim, Ji Hyun Yoon, Jacob Lee, Joong Sik Eom, Sang Oh Lee, Won Sup OhJung Hyun Choi, Jin Hong Yoo, Woo Joo Kim, Hee Jin Cheong

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Abstract

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an acute viral respiratory illness with high mortality caused by a new strain of betacoronavirus (MERS-CoV). Since the report of the first patient in Saudi Arabia in 2012, large-scale outbreaks through hospital-acquired infection and inter-hospital transmission have been reported. Most of the patients reported in South Korea were also infected in hospital settings. Therefore, to eliminate the spread of MERS-CoV, infection prevention and control measures should be implemented with rigor. The present guideline has been drafted on the basis of the experiences of infection control in the South Korean hospitals involved in the recent MERS outbreak and on domestic and international infection prevention and control guidelines. To ensure efficient MERS-CoV infection prevention and control, care should be taken to provide comprehensive infection control measures including contact control, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, disinfection, and environmental cleaning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-302
Number of pages25
JournalInfection and Chemotherapy
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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© 2015 by The Korean Society of Infectious Diseases | Korean Society for Chemotherapy.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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