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Andy Ho, Senior Writer

Free flow of information key in battle against Mers

Published on May 17, 2014 12:18 PM
An Indian worker wears a mask at his Saudi employer's farm outside Riyadh. The Mers virus has been circulating for two years among humans but has not mutated into a pandemic form yet. Still, the sharing of data is important in the fight to stop the virus' progress. -- PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

After an emergency meeting recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging countries to be more vigilant against the Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) coronavirus.

More than 500 confirmed Mers cases are all connected to the Middle East, and the virus has been exported to several countries.

The world health agency became more concerned after April saw a spike of 288 Mers cases compared to 207 confirmed cases from March 2012 - when Mers first emerged - up to March this year. In Jeddah, there were 135 cases in April alone, compared to just four in the previous two years.

However, WHO says an epidemic is not yet imminent.

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