Two Riyadh men, aged 55 and 78, died earlier this month from the MERS-CoV virus. 138 cases, including 60 deaths, have been reported globally over the last year to WHO. WHO recommended that all Member States carefully continue monitoring for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and document any asymptomatic symptoms and patterns?
Health care providers are advised to maintain vigilance. Recent travellers returning from the Middle East who develop SARI should be tested for MERS-CoV as advised in the current surveillance recommendations.
WHO has convened an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) to advise the Director-General on the status of the current situation. The Emergency Committee, which comprises international experts from all WHO Regions, unanimously advised that, with the information now available, and using a risk-assessment approach, the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have not at present been met.