WHO EMRO Weekly Epidemiological Monitor: Volume 6, Issue 49 (8 December 2013)
Current major event
MERS-CoV in the EMR
In recent time, two new developments related to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have occurred in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) of WHO that may potentially be of significant public health importance. The first is that the MERS- COV outbreak infection seems to be spreading geographically. Recently two more countries in the EMR (Oman and Kuwait) have reported laboratory con- firmed cases. The second development is that the MERS-CoV has been de- tected in camels linked to two recent confirmed human infections in Qatar.