MERS-CoV

WHO update on MERS-CoV transmission from animals to humans, and interim recommendations for at-risk groups from 13 June 2014

Over the past year, several investigations into the animal source of MERS-CoV have been conducted. MERS-CoV genetic sequences from humans and camels in Egypt, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia demonstrate a close link between the virus found in camels and that found in people in the same geographic area. These and other studies have found MERS-CoV antibodies in camels in Africa and the Middle East. 

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) summary and literature update–as of 11 June 2014 

As of 11 June, 699 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported to WHO, including at least 209 deaths (Figure 1). Overall, 63.5% of cases reporting sex (n=677) are male and the median age is 47 years old (range 9 months-94 years old; n=695). An additional 113 cases occurring between 2012 and 2014 were reported by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health on 3 June 2014. These cases are not reflected in the current case count as investigation into these cases is currently ongoing with Saudi officials. 

World - travel advice on MERS-CoV for pilgrimages  (original article on WHO website: http://www.who.int/ith/updates/20140603/en/ )

World Health Organization travel advice on MERS-CoV for pilgrimages

3 June 2014

I. Introduction

As of May 2014, more than 635 cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported to WHO.

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