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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 00:00
Between 1 and 3 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of 15 additional confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), including 1 death.

Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for the cases.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 23:55
Between 26 and 30 May 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 9 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 4 deaths.

Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 23:45
On 29 May 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Oman notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

A 75-year-old male from Al Dahir village developed symptoms on 11 May and was admitted to hospital on 19 May. He was treated symptomatically and discharged on 20 May. As symptoms worsened, on 25 May, the patient was admitted to the same hospital. He tested positive for MERS-CoV on 29 May. The patient has no comorbidities but he is a heavy smoker. The patient owns a barn with camels and young calves, and has frequent contact with them. He has no history of exposure to other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms. Currently, the patient is in stable condition in a negative pressure isolation room on a ward. Contact tracing of household and healthcare contacts is ongoing for the case. Investigation of camels in the barn of the case is also ongoing.

WHO Director-General describes "horrific" health situation in Iraq

WHO Director-General Speeches - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 15:00
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

You have heard this morning a litany of horrific statistics that portray the despair of the Iraqi people. The situation is bad, really bad, and rapidly getting worse.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the Republic of Korea

WHO News - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 05:00
The outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, in the Republic of Korea continues to evolve. WHO is in close contact with the country’s government and Ministry of Health, and is receiving information as soon as facts are confirmed.

The quality of reporting has allowed almost real-time insight into the dynamics of the outbreak. Aggressive contact tracing and testing for infection may help explain the rapid expansion of the outbreak. Human-to-human transmission has been documented. At this stage, WHO has no evidence of sustained transmission in the community.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 15:30
On 31 May 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of 2 additional confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Contact tracing of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for the cases.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 07:50
Between 24 and 25 May 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, including 1 death.

Contact tracing of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Qatar

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Sun, 05/31/2015 - 17:45
On 22 May 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Qatar notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

A 73-year-old male from Doha city developed symptoms on 10 May and sought medical care at a hospital, whereupon he was treated symptomatically and sent home on the same day. On May 12, as symptoms worsened, the patient was admitted to the same hospital. On 21 May, he tested positive for MERS-CoV. The patient has comorbidities. He has no history of direct contact with camels; however, his family owns a camel barn and family members have a history of contact with camels and consumption of raw camel milk. The patient has no history of exposure to other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to onset of symptoms. Currently, the patient is in critical condition in ICU. Contact tracing of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for the case.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Sun, 05/31/2015 - 13:15
On 30 May 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of an additional confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The 12th case is a 49-year-old male who is the husband of the 11th case that was reported in a previous DON on 30 May. The patient took care of his wife during her hospitalization from 15 to 17 May. During this period, he shared the same ward with the first case. The patient developed symptoms on 21 May and was admitted to hospital. As symptoms persisted, he was later transferred to the nationally designated medical centre. The patient tested positive for MERS-CoV on 29 May. Contact tracing of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for the case.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – China

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 22:15
On 29 May 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of one confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The case is a 44 year-old male from the Republic of Korea. The patient is the son of the third MERS-CoV case and the younger brother of the fourth MERS-CoV case that were reported in a previous DON on 30 May. He developed symptoms on 21 May. The patient flew to China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on 26 May and subsequently travelled to Huizhou through point of entry in Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province. The local health authority found him on 27 May and immediately transferred him to a designated hospital for isolation. He tested positive for MERS-CoV on 29 May.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 22:00
Between 26 and 29 May 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of additional confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This DON describes the 8 additional cases and provides an update on the 3 cases of MERS-CoV infection reported in a previous DON on 24 May.

Contact tracing of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for the cases.

Lassa Fever – United States of America

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 15:30
On 25 May, PAHO/WHO was informed that the United States Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health had confirmed a fatal case of Lassa fever. The case was diagnosed on 25 May in a person returning to the U.S. from Liberia.

On 17 May, the patient travelled from Liberia to JFK airport via Morocco. The patient did not have a fever on departure from Liberia, did not report symptoms (e.g., diarrhea, vomiting, or bleeding) during the flight and did not have a fever on arrival in the U.S. On 18 May, the patient visited a hospital in New Jersey with symptoms of a sore throat, fever and tiredness. According to the hospital, the patient was asked about recent travel history but did not indicate travel to West Africa. The patient was sent home the same day. On 21 May, as symptoms worsened, the patient returned to the hospital. The patient was later transferred to a specialized treatment centre for viral haemorrhagic fevers. Samples were submitted to CDC on 24 May and tested positive for Lassa fever on 25 May. Tests for Ebola and other viral haemorrhagic fevers were negative. The patient passed away on May 25.

WHO calls for action against illicit tobacco trade on World No Tobacco Day

WHO News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 07:42
Eliminating the illicit trade in tobacco would generate an annual tax windfall of US$ 31 billion for governments, improve public health, help cut crime and curb an important revenue source for the tobacco industry. Those are the key themes of World No Tobacco Day on 31 May when WHO will urge Member States to sign the "Protocol to Eliminate the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products".

“The Protocol offers the world a unique legal instrument to counter and eventually eliminate a sophisticated criminal activity,” says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “Fully implemented, it will replenish government revenues and allow more spending on health.”

Statement on the situation in Yemen

WHO Emergencies and Disasters - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 18:24
The conflict in Yemen is entering its 10th week and the numbers of dead and injured continue to grow. As always in conflict, it is innocent civilians that pay the highest price. Almost 2000 people have been killed and 8000 injured so far, including hundreds of women and children.

The shelters housing internally displaced persons are full of stories of loss and survival. For example, 6-year-old Malak lost her mother and saw others around her die as her family fled the fighting and 65-year-old Fathiya lost 13 members of her family and is now the sole guardian of 3 grandchildren who survived.

Statement on the situation in Yemen

WHO News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 18:24
The conflict in Yemen is entering its 10th week and the numbers of dead and injured continue to grow. As always in conflict, it is innocent civilians that pay the highest price. Almost 2000 people have been killed and 8000 injured so far, including hundreds of women and children.

The shelters housing internally displaced persons are full of stories of loss and survival. For example, 6-year-old Malak lost her mother and saw others around her die as her family fled the fighting and 65-year-old Fathiya lost 13 members of her family and is now the sole guardian of 3 grandchildren who survived.

World Health Assembly closes, passing resolutions on air pollution and epilepsy

WHO News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:42
The World Health Assembly closed today, with Director-General Dr Margaret Chan noting that it had passed several “landmark resolutions and decisions”. Three new resolutions were passed today: one on air pollution, one on epilepsy and one laying out the next steps in finalizing a framework of engagement with non-State actors.

Delegates at the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to address the health impacts of air pollution – the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Every year 4.3 million deaths occur from exposure to indoor air pollution and 3.7 million deaths are attributable to outdoor air pollution. This was the first time the Health Assembly had debated the topic.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 03:45
Between 18 and 23 May, 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 1 death.

Contact tracing of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases.

World Health Assembly addresses antimicrobial resistance, immunization gaps and malnutrition

WHO News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 01:42
The World Health Assembly today agreed resolutions to tackle antimicrobial resistance; improve access to affordable vaccines and address over- and under-nutrition.

Delegates at the World Health Assembly endorsed a global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance - including antibiotic resistance, the most urgent drug resistance trend. Antimicrobial resistance is occurring everywhere in the world, compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases, as well as undermining many other advances in health and medicine.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 19:30
On 18 May 2015, the IHR National Focal Point of the United Arab Emirates notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

The patient is a 33-year-old, non-national male from Al Ain. He has a history of contact with MERS-CoV infected camels imported from Oman (see DON of 18 May). A sputum sample tested positive for MERS-CoV on 17 May, whereupon the patient was admitted to hospital. He was asymptomatic at the time of laboratory testing. He has no comorbidities and no history of exposure to other known risk factors in the 14 days prior to detection. Currently, the case is still asymptomatic and in stable condition in a negative pressure room on a ward.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 19:20
On 20 May 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of the first laboratory confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. On 21 May, two additional confirmed cases were reported.

The first case is a 68 year-old male with the following travel history: 18-29 April, Bahrain; 29-30 April, United Arab Emirates; 30 April to 1 May, Bahrain; 1-2 May, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; 2 May, Bahrain; and 2-3 May, Qatar. The patient arrived at Korea’s Incheon International airport via Qatar on 4 May. He was asymptomatic on arrival. The patient developed symptoms on 11 May and sought medical care at a clinic from 12 May to 15 May on an outpatient basis. He was then admitted to hospital on 15 May and discharged on 17 May. On the evening of discharge, the patient visited the emergency department of another hospital. A sputum sample tested positive for MERS-CoV on 20 May, whereupon he was transferred to the nationally designated treatment facility for isolation. The patient has no history of exposure to known risk factors in the 14 days prior to detection. Investigation of the source of infection is ongoing.

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