July 6, 2013
Health authorities in Finland are prepared for the virus, which
could mutate into a form more easily transmitted between humans. No
infections have so far been reported in Finland, but new cases are
emerging all the time in the Middle East.
The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is in a state of
readiness concerning the Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome coronavirus
(MERS-CoV). According to THL researcher Pamela Österlund, the health
authority has prepared tests for detecting the virus, which causes
serious respiratory system infections.
The World Health
Organisation (WHO) said on Friday it was preparing for an outbreak of
the coronavirus. The WHO is convening an emergency committee to track
the virus’ spread, and to decide on possible counter measures.