June 24, 2013
The WHO meeting on the virus, which took place in Cairo, called for continued surveillance and strengthened global awareness campaign against the virus.
The meeting acknowledged that despite no current evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission, MERS-CoV might evolve to spread quickly among humans and affect wider geographical areas.
While major knowledge gaps remain in understanding the emergence of this virus, clinical manifestations as well as the transmission risk, recent scientific research is enhancing the global knowledge on the disease.
This new knowledge now needs to be translated into a set of concrete public health actions in order to improve global and regional public health preparedness, said the WHO official.