Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), identified recently, is a severe lung infection posing a global threat to human health. It is important to understand the nature of this disease and ways to prevent, respond to, and control outbreaks. This course provides a general introduction to MERS and is intended for incident managers and personnel working for the United Nations, international organizations and NGOs.
**Please note: This course was developed in 2017. For the latest updates, please refer to the relevant health topics on the WHO website.
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Overview: This course provides a general introduction to Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), a severe lung infection posing a global threat to human health. By the end of this course, you should be able to describe: the nature of the virus, the disease it causes, its history, and why it is a threat to human health; how to detect and assess a MERS outbreak; strategies for preventing and controlling MERS outbreaks; and what strategies should be used to communicate risk and engage communities to detect, prevent and respond to MERS. There are resources attached to each module to help you dive further into this topic, and you will take a quiz at the end of the course.
Learning objective: Understand the fundamental principles of MERS and how to effectively respond to an outbreak.
Course duration: Approximately 4 hours.
Certificates: A Record of Achievement will be available to participants who score 80% or higher. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.