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WorldLeadersTV: W.H.O.: RESPIRATORY SYNDROME CORONAVIRUS: SERIOUS & PERSISTENT

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Published on Jul 18, 2013

WorldLeadersTV: W.H.O.: RESPIRATORY SYNDROME CORONAVIRUS: SERIOUS & PERSISTENT

MaximsNewsNetwork: 18 July 2013: UNTV CH: World Health Organization: WHO: Geneva, Switzerland - Dr Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization' s (WHO) Assistant Director-General, for Health Security and Environment said at a press conference that the current Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus was "serious in the sense that it has been persistent."

Dr. Fukuda was briefing journalists yesterday (17 May) following a second meeting of the International Health Regulation (IHR) Emergency Committee concerning the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus at the WHO headquarters in Geneva.

Fukuda stressed that when the virus infected people "it can cause very serious disease. You know many people end up on respirators, many people die."

He also noted that it was "also possible" in the future for the virus to "spread further". But, he said that based on the current situation, looking at all the available elements and weighing everything, the HIR felt that "there is not enough evidence for WHO and the Director-General to go ahead and declare a public health emergency".

A second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) [IHR (2005)] took place yesterday via teleconference.

The Committee reviewed and deliberated on information on a range of aspects regarding the MERS-CoV, among them:

-improvements in surveillance, lab capacity, contact tracing and serological investigation
-Infection prevention and control and clinical management
-Travel-related guidance
-Risk communications
-Research studies (epidemiological, clinical and animal)
-Improved data collection and the need to ensure full and timely reporting of all confirmed and probable cases of MERS-CoV to WHO in accordance with the IHR (2005).

The WHO Secretariat will provide regular updates to the Members and will reconvene the Committee, in September, on a date to be determined. However, serious new developments may require an urgent re-convening of the Committee before then, WHO said in a statement.

UNITED NATIONS TELEVISION: UNTV CH, Geneva, Switzerland
World Health Organization: W.H.O.

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