Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus. It spreads through close contact. This includes caring for or living with an infected person.
Most cases of MERS occur in or near the Arabian Peninsula which includes the following countries:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
There have been no cases of MERS in New York City.
If you get a fever, cough or shortness of breath within 14 days after traveling in the Arabian Peninsula, contact your health care provider and mention your recent travel.
Learn more about (MERS).