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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About MERS

People in the United States who did not travel to areas where MERS usually occurs are at very low risk of infection. However, if you develop new respiratory symptoms or fever and have recently traveled, lived or come in contact with someone in one of these areas, you should see your healthcare provider.

Making notes before your visit, as well as taking along a trusted family member or friend, can help you through the first appointment with your doctor.

  • What is Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)?
  • What causes MERS?
  • How do people get MERS?
  • In what parts of the world is MERS seen?
  • Who is at risk for developing MERS?
  • What are the symptoms of MERS?
  • How is MERS diagnosed?
  • How is MERS treated?
  • What should people with MERS do to prevent spread to others?

    This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.

    Page Last Updated: March 13, 2018

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