Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Information for Laboratorians
Recently, the transport of confirmed Ebola virus-infected patients into the United States for care has raised questions about caring for travelers with possible Ebola and other exotic viruses here in Iowa. If any patients in Iowa are suspected of having Ebola or other exotic virus, it is important to immediately notify local and state public health officials for consultation on how to handle isolation and testing.
Clinical evaluation of suspected MERS cases
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness. They had fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About 30 percent of these people died.