Prevention and Control of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) 2-1 version

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Prevention and Control of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) 2-1 version

Since the diagnosis of Korea’s first MERS patient, the number of MERS patients has increased rapidly, causing concern among POSTECH members. Accordingly, POSTECH Health Center hereby announces guidelines for preventing and controlling the spread of MERS abided by the policy of the Ministry of Education. For those of you who have symptoms of the MERS virus, please immediately report it to either POSTECH Health Center or Pohang Namgu Health Center in order to prevent spread of the disease. Please carefully read the following information below:

1. MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) Overview

    A. What is MERS?
        MERS is a respiratory illness caused by the infection of coronavirus.
    B. Clinical Characteristics
      – Incubation Period: Symptoms appear within 5 days (2-14 days)
      – Symptoms: Fever, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, nausea, etc.
      – Route of Infection: Specific routes and sources of infection have not yet been  
          confirmed; however, it has been reported that it spreads through close contact with
          MERS patients.
      – Patients with chronic illnesses or low immune system will be hard to treat and recover.
      – Treatment: Preventive vaccines and medicine have not yet been developed;
                          medical treatments depend on patients’ symptoms.
    C. Infectious Disease Crisis Alert (15.5.22 )
     – The infectious disease crisis alert is currently at "caution" level;
       however, the response is at "alert" level.
       ※ Please refer to "Judgement Criteria per Crisis Stage and How to Response"
           in the attachment (p.3).
2. POSTECH MERS Infection Control Procedures
    A. Report: Report to POSTECH Health Center, Pohang Namgu Health Center,
                    or MERS Hotline
         – Reporting to POSTECH Health Center
         ☞ Temperature measurement and medical consultation -> If you have symptoms and
           had close contact with MERS patients, please report to Pohang Namgu Health Center
           (See table 1). -> Medical staff from Pohang Namgu Health Center visit POSTECH ->
           Examine the patient and conduct epidemiological survey -> If a patient is suspected
           to have MERS, he or she will be transferred to government-designated quarantine
           facilities -> Diagnosis -> If the result is positive, the patient will be treated under
        ☞ If you have had close contact with a suspected MERS patient -> self-quarantine for
            14 days (See table 2)
        ☞ Temperature measurement and medical consultation -> If you have symptoms with
            no experience of close contact with (suspected) MERS patients -> Closely watched
            or report to medical facilities
       – Reporting Directly to Pohang Namgu Health Center or MERS Hotline: Same process
         as the above
      ※ Emergency Report
         • POSTECH: Daytime, POSTECH Health Center 279-2620, Nighttime, Security Control             279 – 2222 
          • Pohang Namgu Health Center: Daytime 270-4032~4, Nighttime 270-4004 (Operate             overnight)
          • MERS Hotline: 109 (Operate overnight)
      ※ (Table 1: Checklist for MERS)
          (Table 1: Checklist for MERS)

      ※ (Table 2: People who had close contact with MERS patients)

* People who had close contact with MERS patients
  – People who did not wear proper protective gear (gowns, gloves, N-95 masks, eye
    protection goggles, etc), and 
     • stayed within 2m from the MERS patient
    • shared the same room with the MERS patient (families, medical staff, etc.)
    • had direct contact with the MERS patient’s respiratory secretions and body fluids
3. Prevention of MERS
    A. Abide by the personal sanitation practices such as washing hands thoroughly.
        -Please wash your hands throughly with soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    B. When coughing, cover your mouth with tissue and wear masks if necessary.
    C. Avoid close contact with someone who has fever or other respiratory symptoms.
    D. Avoid visiting crowded places. If you must visit such places, please wear masks.
        Ex) group events, picnics, seminars/conferences, etc.
        ※ You may purchase masks from the convenience stores at Jigok Community Center
            and Student Union Building.
    E. Do not touch eyes, nose, or lips with your uncleaned hands.
    F. Please visit POSTECH Health Center or other medical facilities when having symptoms
        such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
    G. Please visit the website of Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
       ( or MERS Website ( for detailed information on MERS.
4. Refrain from attending large-scale events (membership training, sport events,      

     A. Unnecessary events
     B. Medical job training in cities that are considered to be at high risk of MERS infection.
         ※ If the event is unavoidable, please host the event by thoroughly conducting
             the procedures of prevention and control of MERS. 

5. Contact Information: POSTECH Health Service Center, Bong-hwa Kim (Tel. 279-2620)