26th June 2015 - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL BRANCH
Situation update - Middle Eastern Respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
- Take a travel history from patients presenting with an acute respiratory illness, and consider the possibility of MERS-CoV infection in patients who have travelled to the Middle East or other countries where an outbreak of MERS-CoV infection is currently occurring.
- Notify urgently any patient suspected to have MERS-CoV infection to CDCB (1300 232 272 24 hours/7 days).
The Department of Health has recently updated its recommendations on prevention of the Zika Virus
The main change from the previously issued version of the advice is the period of abstinence/pregnancy deferral/safe sex for asymptomatic men, which increases from 8 weeks to 6 months.
The revised version of the advice and various fact sheets emphasise the availability of testing for couples/people who cannot wait the recommended time periods, noting the concerns about the consequences of delaying pregnancy in some instances.