ASIA ONE NEWS:The World Health Organisation said Friday it would hold an emergency meeting next week on the deadly MERS virus, amid concern over the rising number of cases in several countries.
The UN health agency will host the emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the worrying spread of the virus, which in less than two years has killed 126 people in Saudi Arabia alone, spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva.
The WHO’s emergency committee has already met four times to discuss the mysterious corona virus, which surfaced in mid-2012.
“The increase in the number of cases in different countries raises a number of questions,” Jasarevic said, without giving further details of the aim of the new talks.
The WHO experts will brief reporters at the end of the teleconferenced meeting on Tuesday evening, he said READ MORE: http://news.asiaone.com/news/yourhealth/who-hold-emergency-talks-deadly-mers-virus
WHAT IS MERS
Saudi Arabia has reported 18 new cases of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) on Wednesday, adding to the total number of infections to 449.
Four more patients died from the infection, pushing the total number of deaths to 121 in the country. The King Fahd Hospital head was also dismissed by Saudi Arabia’s health minister because MERS cases in the hospital staff have further increased.
The infection rate in the country surged in the past weeks after outbreaks in Riyadh and Jeddah hospitals. The total number of infected patients almost doubled in April, rising further to 21 percent in May. Saudi Arabia reported over 250 cases in March 22 and it now has 421 reported cases to date.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that hospital outbreaks could partly be due to breaches in the recommended control and prevention measures. The agency also said there is no evidence that the virus’ ability to spread had changed READ MORE: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/6717/20140508/mers-update-saudi-arabia-reports-18-new-cases.htm