MERS is serious but is not yet a global health emergency, WHO says

Posted: 5/19/2014

From Washington Post:

Despite a rapid increase in cases of a deadly viral infection that emerged in the Middle East two years ago, the World Health Organization said the MERS outbreak is not yet a global health emergency.

In a news conference Wednesday in Geneva, the agency said a special emergency committee of health and infectious-disease experts agreed that the situation has become increasingly serious and urgent. But because "there is not convincing evidence" that the disease has become more transmissible from person to person, the experts said, it does not yet meet the criteria for being declared a public health emergency of international concern, according to WHO spokesman Keiji Fukuda. Read more.