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Surface Sampling of MERS-CoV in Health Care Settings: A Practical “How to” Protocol for Health Care and Public Health Professionals
WHO Draft MERS-CoV Surface sampling of MERS-CoV in health care settings:A practical “how to” protocol for health care and public health professionals, June 2019
This document was conceived at a meeting on the Environmental Contamination Studies of MERS-CoV in Health Care Settings co-hosted by WHO and The University of Hong Kong on 13-14 March 2017.The participants of this meeting are listed at the end of the document.Thisprotocol was developed by Reina Sikkema, Chantal Reusken, Pieter Fraaij, Bart HaagmansandMarion Koopmans from Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with input and reviews provided by WHO and a large number of respiratory disease experts (see acknowledgements at the end). This work was supported by the European Commission's H2020 program under contract number 643476 and US Agency for International Development (USAID).
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The protocol provides health care and public health professionals guidance on how to investigate the role of environmental contamination during outbreaks of MERS-CoVin a health care setting where a patient infected with MERS-CoV is currently being treated. The results from such studies willbe used in risk assessment and risk management of MERS-CoV hospital-acquiredinfections, but also for guiding the implementation and monitoring of effectiveness of infection prevention and control measures.