Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Travelers wearing masks in airport

Thailand confirms MERS CoV in traveler, WHO cautions against continued risk of importation

January 2016 -- Thailand today confirmed Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) disease in a traveler, the second such case in the country in the last 7 months, as WHO cautioned other member states in its South-East Asia Region against the continuing risks and the need to remain vigilant.

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Infographic on MERS


This infographic provides practical advice for individuals. It includes warning signs to recognize that should trigger a consultation with a health worker, as well as advice on how to protect yourself from contracting MERS-CoV.

A health worker from Hong Kong's Department of Health demonstrates the protocol for quarantining a passenger for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), on a government employee during a set up demonstation for Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, at Hong Kong airport, Hong Kong SAR.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (MERS‐CoV) that was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Our understanding of the virus and the disease it causes is continuing to evolve.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

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Summary of Current Situation, Literature Update and Risk Assessment

July 2015 -- This publication brings together all of the latest information on the current MERS-CoV outbreak and reports on WHO’s support to countries to help contain the virus. The summary gives guidance and recommendations for WHO best practices for infection, prevention, and control that is specific to the current outbreak. The maps and graphs highlight cases by country, an epicurve of the main countries affected, and a global map that shows concentrated areas affected.

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1,768Since September 2012, WHO has been notified of 1,768 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV.

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630WHO has been notified of 630 deaths related to MERS-CoV since September 2012.

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27Since September 2012, 27 countries have reported cases of MERS-CoV

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Latest maps and epicurves

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MERS-CoV in the regions