Despite Rising Number of Deaths, SARS-Like MERS-CoV is Still NOT a Global Health Menace – WHO

An article from the International Business Times
July 18, 2013
Despite Rising Number of Deaths, SARS-Like MERS-CoV is Still NOT a Global Health Menace – WHO

July 18, 2013 -- Despite a steadily rising number of deaths now at 45 worldwide, the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is still not considered a global health menace, a panel of experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Although it has infected at least 82 people around the world, it was observed however that majority of the 45 recorded deaths come only from the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia.

"They're not saying this is not important, they're saying let's just now move onto other things," Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general for health security and environment of WHO, said at the agency's headquarters in Geneva after the panel's decision. "Declarations and events have to be proportional to each other. Otherwise you begin to lose credibility."

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