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Infection control support training, in a hospital of KSA for containment of Middle East respiratory virus syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Snigdha Pattnaik.

In September 2012, the World Health Organization announced the discovery of a novel coronavirus. This virus has been named the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). MERS-CoV has been identified in several countries in the Arabian Peninsula. This was a very crucial activity at the time when the kingdom is trying to combat the MERS-CoV. The main objective of our weeklong activity was to provide educational and technical assistance based on the organizationís specific needs. The doctors, nurses, and paramedics from various departments of the hospital were trained, and their knowledge on universal precaution methods in health-care setup was reinforced. The results of the weeklong infection control support training is as follows: doctors, 29%; nurses, 83%; and housekeeping staff, 33%, were trained.

Key words: Infection control, Middle East respiratory virus syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), universal precaution

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American Journal of Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology


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