(MERS) Middle Easter Respiratory Syndrome (CDCSO)  

IMPORTANT! Pre-approval needed from state or local health department. Local or State Health Department. Send approval to NPHL@unmc.edu or call (402) 559-9444.

NPHL has moved to an electronic ordering system, NUlirt, and it is now the preferred method to order all tests. Once ordered, print a "batch list" (see NUlirt Guide).

Forms Required - Nulirt batch list or NPHL Test Request Form (completed in entirety) must accompany the specimen to include the following information: symptoms and date of onset, pregnancy status, travel and vaccine history. Testing will not be performed without all required information.

Please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459 for further clarification.


Test: (MERS) Middle Easter Respiratory Syndrome  
Synonym: Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, MERS, MERS-CoV  
Availability: Mondy - Thursday
  • Submit all specimens for the CDC through the state health departmens, NOT directly to the CDC.
  • CDC does not accept routine shipments on weekends or holidays
  • Ship to NPHL Monday-Thursday to guarantee arival at the CDC by FRiday
Collection Device:  
Specimen Stability:  
Reference Interval:  
Reportable Disease:  
  • Test performed at the CDC.
  • Submit all specimens to the CDC through NPHL, NOT directly to the CDC
  • Contact NPHL emergency pager before sending specimen (402) 888-5588
Revised: 4/3/2024 
If you have questions about proper specimen collection, please call NPHL Client Services at (402) 559-2440 or toll free at (800) 334-0459.