Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Disease Commodity Package for MERS-CoV

March 2019 - WHO has designed the Disease Commodity Packages (DCPs) - a series of disease specific datasheets that list the critical commodities and the technical specifications for each commodity per disease. The DCPs inform Member States and operational partners of commodity requirements and potential gaps in the health emergency supply chain. From an operational readiness perspective, the DCPs provide the basis for a globalized stockpile system, response planning, technical guidance and supply market assessments.

MERS therapeutics and vaccines workshop

13 February 2019 - On November 30 2018, the WHO R&D Blueprint and Global Program on MERS convened a group of experts to discuss methodological issues and agree a priori on principles in the design, conduct and analysis of Phase2b/Phase 3 clinical trials to evaluate MERS-CoV therapeutics and vaccines, based on key epidemiological considerations and driven by treatment and vaccine needs from a public health perspective.


Update on MERS-CoV regional assessment

23 January 2019 - At the end of December 2018, a total of 2279 laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), including 806 associated deaths (case–fatality rate: 35.3%) were reported globally; the majority of these cases were reported from Saudi Arabia (1901 cases, including 732 related deaths with a case–fatality rate of 38.5%). The demographic and epidemiological characteristics of reported cases, when compared with the same corresponding period of 2013 to 2018, do not show any significant difference or change. Owing to improved infection prevention and control practices in hospitals, the number of hospital-acquired cases of MERS has dropped significantly since 2015.

Pool of MERS experts for deployment established by WHO

From 23 to 25 October, 60 high-level public health and MERS practitioners, researchers, and experts met in Abu Dhabi to establish a pool of experts that can be deployed rapidly during any future outbreaks of MERS.

Despite the substantial response to MERS by national health authorities, WHO, and partners in all affected and at-risk countries, the number of senior technically trained regional experts on MERS remains limited while the need for such expertise has grown. With this three-day workshop, WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean aimed to expand the pool of MERS experts that can be deployed rapidly during any future outbreaks, in the Region and globally.

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FAO, OIE, WHO on MERS: Progress on the global response, remaining challenges and the way forward

26 September 2018 - In September 2017, FAO, OIE and WHO brought together affected member states, public health and animal officials, and academics to discuss what is known and unknown about the zoonotic origin of MERS-CoV.

The recently published meeting report summarizes how focused efforts in activities and investments to address scientific and public health research questions, accelerate promising medical interventions and a more strategic on where activities are conducted globally will go further to address remaining public health unknowns.


Five things you need to know about MERS

17 September 2018 - Five things you should know about Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a viral respiratory illness that was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Find out how it is transmitted and is it possible to have a human-to-human transmission, as well as what are the signs and symptoms of this illness and why it is difficult to detect cases early.

Case of imported MERS reported in Republic of Korea

9 September 2018 - The Republic of Korea has officially reported an imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). This is the first case seen in the country since the end of an outbreak in 2015.


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2,279Since September 2012, WHO has been notified of 2,279 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV.

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806806 MERS-CoV associated deaths have occurred since September 2012.

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

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