Outbreaks and emergencies

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (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 Saudi Arabia in September 2012. To date, several countries have reported MERS-CoV infections, including Malaysia and the Philippines from the Western Pacific Region. It is possible that further sporadic cases will occur in the Western Pacific Region among people returning from the Arabian Peninsula.

WHO recommends increasing efforts to raise awareness of MERS among travelers going to and travelling from affected countries. At this stage, WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions or special screening at points of entry with regard to this event.

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