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WHO: No International Public Health Emergency with MERS-CoV — Physician’s First Watch

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May 15, 2014

WHO: No International Public Health Emergency with MERS-CoV

By Kelly Young

An emergency committee of the World Health Organization has decided that the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) does not yet constitute a global public health emergency, given the lack of sustained human-to-human transmission.

However, the committee noted its concern about the recent increase in illnesses in the Middle East and elsewhere, weaknesses in infection prevention and control, and the potential for cases to appear in vulnerable nations.

In addition, MMWR has published information on the U.S.'s first two confirmed cases, which were imported from Saudi Arabia. The report includes repeated guidance for clinicians and a map showing cities in the U.S. and Canada that have a high volume of airline travelers from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that two workers at the Orlando hospital treating the second MERS-CoV patient tested negative for the virus. Both were tested after developing flu-like symptoms.

Reader Comments (1)

Carol Vassar, MD Physician, Internal Medicine, private practice, Vermont

were those two health care worker in Florida who contracted MERS wearing masks? If so what kind? Were they wearing them properly?

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