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WHO convenes Emergency Committee meetings on MERS-CoV

As cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)infections continue to be reported, WHO has convened two meetings of its Emergency Committee.

There have now been 80 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, resulting in 44 deaths.

The Emergency Committee will meet on 9th and 11th July. It is made up of international experts to provide technical advice to the WHO Director-General in the context of a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ (PHEIC).

The Emergency Committee may advise on whether or not a PHEIC is occurring. If the Director-General determines that the event constitutes a PHEIC, the Emergency Committee will then provide advice on appropriate Temporary Recommendations of health measures to be implemented.

More details about MRES-CoV.

•Date: 9th July 2013 • World •Type: Article • Topic: Pandemic planning

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