The Middle East Network, MECIDS, has developed a platform of collaboration that has proved to be instrumental when addressing regional emerging infectious diseases such as foodborne diseases, avian and pandemic influenza and the recent circulation of wild poliovirus.
Currently MECIDS and CORDS are using this platform in a joint effort to enhance surveillance on Middle East respiratory syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the region, a viral respiratory disease.
We are working together to:
- Harmonize laboratory diagnosis of the disease and to establish tools to improve the sensitivity of diagnosis.
- Develop national and regional active surveillance of MERS-CoV.
- Perform studies to quantify the extent of exposure and infection with the virus.
- Determine the extent of of MERS-CoV of camels in Israel, Jordan and Palestine.
- Continuously exchange surveillance data
Specifically, we have been collecting personal data and blood samples from Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian Islamic pilgrims returning from the Hajj in Mecca. This project, in the spirit of One Health, includes veterinarians among the research teams.