Infection control advice: severe respiratory illness from novel or emerging pathogens (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and avian influenza)

Publication Date: 01 June 2015

This document outlines the infection prevention and control advice for healthcare workers who may be involved in receiving and caring for patients, primarily within healthcare settings, who are a suspected or confirmed case. If a contact of a confirmed case develops a respiratory illness then this guidance should be followed until results of testing are available.

The precautionary principle should be applied for novel or emerging respiratory pathogens of high consequence when the mode of transmission is incompletely determined. Droplet, contact and airborne precautions (including the use of correctly fitted FFP3 respirators) should be applied for all patients admitted with a suspected or confirmed novel or emerging respiratory pathogen (such as MERS-CoV or Avian Influenza).

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Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Guideline and Guidance