Outbreaks and emergencies

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

MERS-CoV in Republic of Korea at a glance
as of 29 July 2015

The last case of MERS-CoV infection in the Republic of Korea as reported to WHO was laboratory confirmed on 4 July 2015.

Please refer to the link below for up to date MoHW summary of MERS statistics and list of health facilities where confirmed MERS cases were reported in the Republic of Korea.

More on MERS-CoV

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a strain of coronavirus that causes a viral respiratory illness called MERS. The disease was first reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in September 2012. To date, several countries have reported MERS-CoV infections, including China, Malaysia, the Philippines and the Republic of Korea from the Western Pacific Region. It is possible that further healthcare associated clusters could occur in the Western Pacific Region following an imported case returning from the Middle East, as is currently being observed in the Republic of Korea.

WHO recommends increasing efforts to raise awareness of MERS among travellers going to and travelling from affected countries. Healthcare workers in all countries should maintain a high level of vigilance for the possibility of MERS-CoV especially among travellers or migrant workers returning from the affected countries. Countries should ensure adequate surveillance for MERS-CoV according to WHO guidelines, along with proper infection prevention and control procedures in healthcare facilities. At this stage, WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions or special screening at points of entry with regard to this event.


World Health Organization
Western Pacific Regional Office
P.O. Box 2932
1000 Manila
Email: outbreak@wpro.who.int


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