Emergencies preparedness, response

Summary of Current Situation, Literature Update and Risk Assessment


Publication details

Editors: WHO
Publication date: 7 July 2015
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/MERS/RA/15.1



Since 1 January 2015, 423 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS have been reported to WHO, notably from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Korea. The ongoing outbreak in the Republic of Korea – resulting from a single exported case with travel history in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain) and subsequent human-to-human transmission to close family contacts, to patients who shared a room or ward with infected patients, to health care workers providing care for patients before MERS was suspected or diagnosed – is similar to nosocomial outbreaks in other countries (e.g., Saudi Arabia and UAE).

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