08:45pm Monday 06 July 2020

WHO and the Republic of Korea to carry out joint mission for the MERS-CoV outbreak

The WHO team will be led by Assistant Director-General for Health Security, Dr Keiji Fukuda. The team will be comprised of experts in epidemiology, virology, clinical management, infection prevention and control, as well as public health officers who have previously handled other MERS-CoV outbreaks in the Middle East.

The pressing objective of this joint mission is to gain information and review the situation in the Republic of Korea including the epidemiological pattern, the characteristic of the virus and clinical features. The team will also assess the public health response efforts and provide recommendations for response measures going forward.

Since the outbreak, WHO has been working closely with the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on response measures. WHO appreciates the Government’s cooperation in sharing up-to-date information and facilitating the joint mission.

Based on current data and WHO’s risk assessment, there is no evidence to suggest sustained human-to-human transmission in communities and no evidence of airborne transmission. However, MERS-CoV is a relatively new disease and information gaps are considerable. The joint mission will bring us a step closer to gaining a better understanding of the nature of this virus.

WHO remains vigilant and is monitoring the situation. Given the lack of evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission in the community, WHO does not advise special procedures at points of entry, or travel or trade restrictions with regard to this event.

For more information please contact:

WHO headquarters in Geneva:


Tarik Jasarevic
Communications Officer, WHO
Mobile: +41 79 367 62 14
E-mail: [email protected]


Christian Lindmeier
Communications Officer, WHO
Mobile: +41 79 500 6552
E-mail: [email protected]


WHO regional office in Manila:


Mr David Koch
Public Information Officer
WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific
Telephone: +632 528 9991
E-mail: [email protected]

Ms Helena Humphrey
Risk Communications Officer
WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific
Telephone: +632 528 9986
E-mail: [email protected]

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