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All-out efforts to curb MERS


▶ The Committee commended the speed with which the Republic of Korea provided information under the IHR about an infected traveller, enabling China to rapidly locate, isolate and provide care to the individual and place his contacts in quarantine.

▶ There is no current evidence of sustained community transmission. The Committee noted that subsequent public health measures to stop the outbreak, including extensive efforts to enhance contact tracing and steps to ensure that cases and contacts (during the incubation period) are appropriately isolated or quarantined and monitored and that they do not travel, appear to have coincided with a decline in the incidence of cases.

▶ The Committee concluded that the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have not been met.
In reaching this conclusion, the Committee noted that after the outbreak was detected, and after a period of organization, the Republic of Korea has strongly initiated actions to bring this outbreak under control.

▶ WHO does not recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions and considers screening at points of entry to be unnecessary at this time. Raising awareness about MERS and its symptoms among those travelling to and from affected areas is good public health practice.

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