Emer­gency meet­ing on MERS out­break

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion said Satur­day that it would hold an emer­gency meet­ing on Tues­day to con­sider South Korea’s out­break of Mid­dle East Re­s­pi­ra­tory Syn­drome (MERS), which it de­scribed as “large and com­plex.” The virus has in­fected 138 peo­ple in South Korea and killed 14 of them since it was first di­ag­nosed May 20 in a busi­ness­man who had re­turned from a trip to the Mid­dle East.

The U.N. health agency said that more cases should be an­tic­i­pated but that the dis­ease was con­fined to hos­pi­tals, with no sign it was spread­ing in the com­mu­nity. There was also no in­di­ca­tion that the MERS virus in South Korea had changed to be­come more trans­mis­si­ble, said Keiji Fukuda, the agency’s as­sis­tant direc­tor gen­eral, at a news con­fer­ence at the Health Min­istry in Se­jong, south of the cap­i­tal, Seoul.

The meet­ing Tues­day of the MERS emer­gency com­mit­tee, which com­prises in­ter­na­tional health ex­perts from WHO mem­ber states, will pro­vide tech­ni­cal up­dates on epi­demi­ol­ogy as well as ad­vice on fu­ture ac­tions to be taken, the agency said.

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