Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

MERS deaths in South Korea a 'wakeup call'

Share this article

MERS deaths in South Korea a 'wakeup call'
WHO headquarters in Geneva. Photo: Yann Forget
11:30 CEST+02:00
The MERS outbreak in South Korea is a "wakeup call", the Geneva-based World Health Organization said on Wednesday as it urged all countries to be more vigilant.

The warning came as South Korea reported its 20th death from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus.
   
"The outbreak really should serve as a wakeup call for countries," WHO assistant director general Keiji Fukuda said after an emergency committee meeting.
   
"All countries should always be prepared for the unanticipated possibility of outbreaks like this and other serious infectious diseases," a WHO statement said.
   
However, the UN health body said that "conditions for a public health emergency of international concern have not been met".
   
The virus appeared in South Korea on May 20 when a 68-year-old man was diagnosed after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia.
   
Since then it has spread at an unusually rapid pace, sparking widespread alarm.
   
There is no vaccine for MERS which has a mortality rate of 35 percent, according to the WHO.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

‘No other place in Europe has such as high density of talent’

London has always had a certain allure that pulls in entrepreneurs from near and far. As one of the world’s most connected cities, a top financial centre and a multicultural melting pot, countless professionals from Europe and beyond are drawn to London like moths to a flame.