Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

IHR Emergency Committee Meets on MERS-CoV

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

IHR Emergency Committee Meets on MERS-CoV

Article excerpt

A committee of experts last month confirmed their earlier advice to WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan that the appearance of a new virus in the Middle East did not constitute "a public health emergency of international concern".

Leading experts in various fields and from all over the world participated in a teleconference on 4 December to examine the evidence on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome--coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

It was the fourth time since the International Health Regulations (IHR) mechanism came into force in 2007 that an emergency committee was convened to advise whether the MERS- CoV situation constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

In addition to members of the emergency committee, two expert advisors and representatives from Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Spain, which are among the countries where MERS-CoV cases have occurred, also participated.

They concluded that countries need to strengthen their surveillance and diagnostic testing capacity and that they should continue efforts to raise awareness of the new virus. …

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