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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 130 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 58 deaths. Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections and to carefully review any unusual patterns. For updates on MERS-CoV visit WHO Disease Outbreak News:

Risk assessment: Table top exercises to support multisectoral coordination and reporting under the International Health Regulations

From July through September 2013, WHO provided support to and/or conducted a series of tabletop exercises designed to build country capacities and strengthen multisectoral coordination and reporting during public health events:

Kampala, Uganda, 2-7 July: Support to tabletop exercise for validation of operability of the framework of the WHO Regional Office for Africa for the investigation of outbreaks of unknown etiology. This exercise included participants from Ministry of Health, as well as other stakeholders in agriculture, environment and NGOs.

Kiev, Ukraine, 25-26 July: Tabletop exercise based on the radiological contamination of imported food during the WHO Sub-Regional International Chernobyl Research and Information Network (ICRIN) Workshop on Using Chernobyl Lessons for Management of Environmental Emergencies.

Kiev, Ukraine, 27-30 August: Multisectoral consultations on IHR implementation in the Ukraine, including a table top exercise on coordination and information sharing during public health events.

Ankara, Turkey, 2-5 September: Tabletop exercise development training workshop for national and provincial level surveillance officers and other stakeholders and development of a tabletop exercise programme for the validation of an early warning system.

Food safety: Enhancing INFOSAN in Asia and implementation of regional food safety strategies – Meeting report

This report sets out the main findings and recommendations of the meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and WHO, held from 27-30 November 2012 in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, “Enhancing INFOSAN in Asia and Implementation of Regional Food Safety Strategies.” The meeting was organized with the support of the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA). The report is available at:

For more information about the WHO Food Safety Programme and INFOSAN activities, visit: