Dromedary camels and MERS-CoV: filling knowledge gap

Dromedary camels and MERS-CoV: filling knowledge gap
Jun 2017

This information sheet presents some key facts on an emerging threat to public health globally which can cause severe respiratory infections in humans: the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). It also describes the One Health coordinating role of FAO in reducing the risk of MERS-CoV at the human-animal inter- face by working with global partners such as the World Organisation for Animal Health and the World Health Organization.

In particular, FAO monitors the situation; analyses available data; provides technical assistance and guidance to countries to improve understanding of the disease situation and help filling existing gaps in epidemiological knowledge; supports national laboratories to develop technical capacities; and assists countries in developing communication strategies.