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Contact Investigation for Imported Case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, Germany

Reuss, A., Litterst, A., Drosten, C., et al. (2014). Contact Investigation for Imported Case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, Germany. Emerging Infectious Disease. 20(4):620-626.

The authors described a contact investigation to identify possible person-to-person transmission and assess infection control measures following an imported, confirmed case of MERS-CoV in Germany. They identified 83 identified contacts and followed up with 81. Ten contacts reported experiencing mild symptoms, but test results for respiratory and serum samples were negative for MERS-CoV. Serologic testing was done for 53 (75%) of 71 nonsymptomatic contacts; all results were negative.
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