WHO (World Health Organization)'s High-Level Mission to Saudi Arabia on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) 11-14 January 2016
World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. 01/26/2016This Web page provides a summary of a World Health Organization (WHO) mission conducted in Saudi Arabia from January 11-14, 2016, to review the ongoing Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) situation, and assess progress in implementing previous mission recommendations. Participants met to identify main areas of public health research to better address remaining knowledge gaps, and agree on a joint operational plan for WHO and the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia for collaborative work and research to prevent and control...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

World Health Organization Executive Board, 138th Session: Provisional Agenda
World Health Organization. 11/06/2015This six-page document is the agenda for the 138th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board on January 25-30, 2016. Topics include the report of the first meeting of the Review Committee on the Role of the International Health Regulations (2005) in the Ebola Outbreak and Response; preparedness, surveillance, and response; and WHO response in severe, large-scale emergencies. The Report by the Director-General addresses the Ebola outbreak, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and the spread of the Zika virus. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 27 December 2015 and 13 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 4 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Globally, since September 2012, WHO has been notified of 1,630 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 586 related deaths. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 26, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates
Between 11 and 14 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of the United Arab Emirates notified WHO of 2 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 26, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

UN health agency urges vigilance in South-East Asia after new case of MERS confirmed in Thailand
The United Nations health agency cautioned South-East Asia States today to remain vigilant against the continuing risks of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) after Thailand confirmed the sometimes fatal disease in a traveller, its second case in seven months. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman
On 3 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Oman notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. A 44-year-old male from the North Batinah Governorate developed symptoms on 25 December and, on 1 January, was admitted to hospital. On 3 January, the patient, who has no comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV. Currently, he is in stable condition in a negative pressure isolation room on a ward. The patient has a history of exposure to dromedary camels in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. He has no history of exposure to other known risk factors in t...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 7, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 29 November and 17 December 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 4 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 2 deaths. Globally, since September 2012, WHO has been notified of 1,625 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 586 related deaths. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - January 4, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

New vaccine against Middle East respiratory syndrome virus MERS tested on dromedary camels
(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) An international research project with the involvement of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Animal Health Research Centre, has designed a vaccine shown to be effective in protecting dromedaries against the coronavirus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 18, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers Uncover Different Variations of MERS Virus
And, a second team reports progress on a vaccine for the potentially fatal illness Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Coronavirus Infections (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HKU scientists find 3 coronavirus species co-circulating in dromedary camels in Saudi Arabia and Korean outbreak of MERS caused by recombinant variant
(University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine) An international research team, led by The University of Hong Kong, revealed that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus has become enzootic in dromedary camels in Saudi Arabia and diverged into five distinct lineages. Viruses that led to the Korean outbreak and the recent human infections in the Middle East were from lineage 5 and generated by recombination between viruses of lineages 3 and 4. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 17, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 2 and 27 November 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 3 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 2 deaths. The National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also notified WHO of the death of 3 MERS-CoV cases that were reported in previous DONs on 13 November (case no. 4 and 5) and on 27 September (case no. 7). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 4, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Acute respiratory syndrome – Republic of Korea
On 29 October 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of a cluster of cases with respiratory symptoms in Seoul. Between 19 and 29 October, 3 people who work in the same facility developed symptoms of pneumonia. From 22 to 24 October, they were admitted to hospital. On 27 October, the hospital isolated the patients and alerted local health authorities, which then informed the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 16, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hospitals [subject], influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, pneumonia [subject], pneumococcal infections, Disease outbreak news [doctype], Republic of Korea [country], Western Pacif Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 26 October and 1 November 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 7 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 13, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

SARS-Like Virus in Bats Could Jump to Humans
But, researchers don't know if virus could then spread from person-to-person Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Animal Diseases and Your Health, Coronavirus Infections (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Copper can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses
Stephen FellerSOUTHAMPTON, England, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Coronavirus dies quickly when exposed to copper, unlike other surface materials such as glass, tile and stainless steel, where it can survive for days. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using copper to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses
Copper can effectively help to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, which are linked to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), new research shows. Animal coronaviruses that 'host jump' to humans, such as SARS and MERS, result in severe infections with high mortality. Researchers found that a closely-related human coronavirus - 229E - can remain infectious on common surface materials for several days, but is rapidly destroyed on copper. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 10, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Coronavirus breakthrough by INRS researchers
(Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS) Quebec researchers have discovered that a mutation in a coronavirus protein slows the spread of the virus in the central nervous system and reduces its neurovirulence. It is the first time that this phenomenon has been observed in the coronavirus family, which is responsible for one-third of common colds and is also suspected of being associated with the development or aggravation of neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and encephalitis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 10, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 17 and 24 October 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 12 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 29, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Towards a safe and efficient SARS-coronavirus vaccine: Mechanism and prevention of genetic instability of a live attenuated virus
(PLOS) Live attenuated (weakened) viral vaccines are considered safe so long as their 'reversal' to a virulent (or disease-causing) virus is prevented. A study published on Oct. 29 in PLOS Pathogens reports on how to rationally modify an effective live attenuated SARS vaccine to make it genetically stable. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 29, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea
On 12 October 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea provided follow-up information on a previously reported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. The patient, who was discharged from hospital on 3 October following two consecutive negative PCR tests for MERS-CoV, was readmitted to hospital with fever on 11 October and tested again positive for MERS-CoV on 12 October. The patient, a 35-year-old male, developed symptoms on 11 October and visited a hospital. He was transferred to another hospital for isolation. The patient, who has comorbidities, tested positive for M...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 25, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 10 and 13 October 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 4 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. The four cases are from the same compound in Riyadh city. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 22, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

FDA and access to medical countermeasures during public health emergencies
By: Brooke Courtney, J.D., M.P.H. Just weeks after witnessing the fall of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, I was a student volunteer in a New York City hospital emergency department when several people arrived saying they had been exposed to anthrax. One had even brought a small plastic bag holding white powder. Around this time, the media was reporting on letters mailed that were laced with white powder confirmed to be Bacillus anthracis, which causes anthrax. At the hospital, we wondered whether we might become exposed to anthrax and how it could be prevented or treated. We quickly escorted the patients who had ...
Source: Mass Device - October 13, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog FDA Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 27 September and 1 October 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. A 38-year-old, non-national male from Riyadh city developed symptoms on 21 September and, on 28 September, was admitted to hospital. The patient, who has no comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 30 September. Currently, he is in stable condition in a negative pressure isolation room on a ward. Investigation of history of exposure to the known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms is ongoing...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 12, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Jordan
On 7 October 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). A 53-year-old male from Amman city developed symptoms on 26 September and sought health care at a hospital, where he was treated symptomatically and sent home. On 29 September, as symptoms worsened, the patient returned to the hospital, where he was admitted to an isolation room. The patient was discharged on 1 October. On the same day, as his conditions did not improve, he visited a second healthcare facility, where he was treated symptomatically and sent home. On 3 Octob...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 12, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Regional Committee continues discussions on strategic health priorities
7 October 2015 The 62nd session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean continued its discussions yesterday in Kuwait on regional and global strategic health priorities. The day's sessions focused on implementation of the United Nations General Assembly Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases with a focus on tobacco use in the Region; global health security with a special emphasis on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and avian influenza A(H5N1); implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005); and emergency preparedness and res...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 7, 2015 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Jordan
Between 21 and 23 September 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of 4 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 1, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 20 and 26 September 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 6 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 30, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 12 and 18 September 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 13 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 27, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Kuwait
On 19 September 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Kuwait notified WHO of 1 additional fatal case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. A 78-year-old male from Kuwait city developed symptoms on 8 September and, on 13 September, was admitted to hospital. The patient, who had comorbidities, tested positive for MERS-CoV on 14 September. The patient owned dromedary camels and had a history of frequent contact with them. He had no history of exposure to other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. The patient passed away on 19 September. Contact tracing of household...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 23, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

CAS alert: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage The Chief Medical Officer has issued an alert to make healthcare p (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 22, 2015 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Jordan
Between 7 and 10 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of 5 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 2 deaths. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 18, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 6 and 11 September 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 22 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Three (3) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city. Five (5) of these reported cases are associated with another MERS-CoV outbreak occurring in a hospital in Madinah city. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 17, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Nigeria: Hajj - Saudi Bans Camel Slaughter Over MERS
[Daily Trust] Madinah, Saudi Arabia -The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health has insisted that the ban on slaughtering camels during Hajj would remain in place, without exceptions, due to the danger posed by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 11, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 1 and 5 September 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 25 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Ten (10) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 10, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 26 and 31 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 22 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 3 deaths. Fifteen (15) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 8, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Jordan
Between 30 and 31 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of 2 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Both cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Amman city. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 7, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

WHO statement on the tenth meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding MERS
The tenth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) regarding the Middle East respiratory syndrome 1 was held by teleconference on 2 September 2015, from 1300 to 1620 Central European Summer Time (UTC +2). During the meeting the WHO Secretariat provided an update to the Committee on epidemiological and scientific developments, including recent cases and transmission patterns in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. The Secretariat also provided current risk assessments with regard to these events, a...
Source: WHO news - September 3, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, Republic of Korea [country], Western Pacific Region [region] Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 24 and 25 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 15 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 2 deaths. Eleven (11) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 3, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Jordan
Between 26 and 28 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of 4 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. All these cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Amman city. Contact tracing of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. The National IHR Focal Point of Jordan informed the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia about the index case to trace contacts in Saudi Arabia. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 2, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 22 and 23 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 13 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Twelve (12) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 28, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 18 and 21 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 29 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 6 deaths. Twenty-four (24) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh city. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 27, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, headache [subject], headache, migraine, chronic headache, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, Disease outb Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 13 and 17 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 19 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Fifteen (15) of these reported cases are associated with a MERS-CoV outbreak currently occurring in a hospital in Riyadh. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 22, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Vaccine for Mers 'looks promising'
A prototype vaccine against the lung infection MERS coronavirus shows promising results, scientists say. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Synthetic DNA?based MERS Vaccine Shows Promise
The experimental vaccine protects monkeys against the coronavirus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome and elicits an immune response in camels. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 19, 2015 Category: Science Tags: Daily News Source Type: news

MERS Outbreak Prompts Saudi Arabian Hospital To Close Emergency Ward
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi authorities closed an emergency ward in one of the kingdom's largest hospitals after at least 46 people, including hospital staff, contracted the potentially fatal Middle East respiratory syndrome, also known as MERS, a health official said Wednesday. Dr. Hanan Balkhi of the Health Ministry's department for infectious diseases said that of the 46 people infected at King Abdulaziz Medical City in the capital, Riyadh, 15 were medical staff. Another 20 people showing symptoms are being tested, she added. The patients from the ward, set to remain closed for two weeks, are being transferred to...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH scientists and colleagues successfully test MERS vaccine in monkeys and camels
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) NIH scientists and colleagues report that an experimental vaccine given six weeks before exposure to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) fully protects rhesus macaques from disease. The vaccine also generated potentially protective MERS-CoV antibodies in blood drawn from vaccinated camels. MERS-CoV, which causes pneumonia deep in the lungs, emerged in 2012 and has sickened more than 1,400 people and killed 500, mostly in the Middle East and Asia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 19, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Synthetic DNA vaccine against MERS induces immunity in animal study
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) A novel synthetic DNA vaccine can, for the first time, induce protective immunity against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in animal species. The experimental, preventive vaccine, given six weeks before exposure to the MERS virus, was found to fully protect rhesus macaques from disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 19, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 10 and 12 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 12 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 18, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 3 and 9 August 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 17 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 3 deaths. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 12, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 28 and 29 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 2 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 6, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news