WHO: MERS not an international health emergency

The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has not met the conditions for a public health emergency of international concern, according to a statement by WHO.

As of Dec. 2, there have been 163 confirmed cases of MERS and 71 deaths, according to WHO.

The Emergency Committee was convened by the WHO director-general under the International Health Regulations in July. The committee met for the fourth time on Dec. 4. After deliberations by the committee, two expert advisers and representatives from affected countries, the committee unanimously concluded that MERS is not a public health emergency of international concern.

The committee reinforced its advice to strengthen surveillance, increase awareness and risk communication, support countries that are particularly vulnerable, increase relevant diagnostic testing capacities, continue investigative work on identifying source of the virus and sharing information.

The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has not met the conditions for a public health emergency of international concern, according to a statement by WHO.

As of Dec. 2, there have been 163 confirmed cases of MERS and 71 deaths, according to WHO.

The Emergency Committee was convened by the WHO director-general under the International Health Regulations in July. The committee met for the fourth time on Dec. 4. After deliberations by the committee, two expert advisers and representatives from affected countries, the committee unanimously concluded that MERS is not a public health emergency of international concern.

The committee reinforced its advice to strengthen surveillance, increase awareness and risk communication, support countries that are particularly vulnerable, increase relevant diagnostic testing capacities, continue investigative work on identifying source of the virus and sharing information.