MERS-CoV worldwide overview

Situation update, 6 May 2022

Since the disease was first identified in Saudi Arabia in April 2012, over 2 600 cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been detected in 27 countries. In Europe, eight countries have reported confirmed cases, all with direct or indirect connections to the Middle East. The majority of MERS-CoV cases continue to be reported from the Middle East. The source of the virus remains unknown, but the pattern of transmission and virological studies point towards dromedary camels in the Middle East as a reservoir from which humans sporadically become infected through zoonotic transmission. Secondary human-to-human transmission occurred particularly within households and in healthcare settings.

Since the beginning of 2022, and as of 3 May 2022, two MERS-CoV cases have been reported in Qatar, including one death. Both cases were primary cases, having reported contact with camels. The last case reported in Qatar prior to these cases was in February 2020.

Distribution of confirmed MERS-CoV cases

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Geographical distribution of confirmed MERS-CoV cases by probable region of infection and exposure, from 1 January-3 May 2022

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Period: 01 Jan 2022 - 03 May 2022

Since the beginning of 2022, and as of 3 May 2022, two MERS-CoV cases have been reported in Qatar, including one death. Both cases were primary cases, having reported contact with camels. The last case reported in Qatar prior to these cases was in February 2020.