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CDPH Issues AFL on Novel Coronavirus Alert
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus confirmed in several countries

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued an All Facility Letter (AFL) informing health facilities of recent reports of health care associated transmission of a novel coronavirus, known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). In addition, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has determined the virus is potentially a significant public health emergency justifying an emergency use authorization by the FDA for in vitro diagnostics to detect it. Person-to-person transmissions have been identified in multiple countries. Since May, a total of 21 cases have been confirmed, nine of which were fatal. To date, no cases of MERS-CoV have been identified in the United States. See the attached AFL for patient evaluation, infection control guidance and laboratory biosafety precautions. More information is also available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.