MERS-CoV case Definition 13May 2014
Case Definition for MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia-13May 2014
Suspect Case (patients who should be tested for MERS-CoV)
- A person with fever and community acquired pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome based on clinical or radiologicalevidence.
- A hospitalized patient with health care associated pneumonia based on clinical and radiological evidence.
- A person with 1)acute febrile (≥38°C)illness,AND 2)body aches,headache,diarrhea,or
nausea/vomiting,with or without respiratory symptoms, AND 3) unexplained leucopenia (WBC <3.5×109/L) and thrombocytopenia (platelets<150×109/L).
- A person (including health care workers)who had protected or unprotected exposure.
to a confirmed or probable case of MERS-CoV infection and who presents with upper or lower respiratory illness within 2 weeks after exposure.
A probable case is a patient in category I or II above with absent or inconclusive laboratory results for MERS-CoV and other possible pathogens who is a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV case or who works in a hospital where MERS-CoV cases are cared for.
A confirmed case is a suspect case with laboratory confirmation of MERS-CoV infection.