Novel coronavirus infection in the eastern mediterranean region: time to act

M R Malik, A R Mafi, J Mahjour, M Opoka, M Elhakim, M O Muntasir
Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, la Revue de Santé de la Méditerranée Orientale 2013, 19 Suppl 1: S31-8
The Eastern Mediterranean Region of World Health Organization has been an emerging focus for global health after the discovery of a novel coronavirus infection in some countries in the Region. The Region has already witnessed a number of emerging zoonoses with epidemic potential. In view of this new virus, there is now an urgent need for strong public health vigilance and monitoring of the evolution of the virus in the Region. The situation will challenge and test the national health authorities' resilience and ability to respond in a timely manner. This review summarizes the evidence related to the emergence in the Region of new epidemic diseases of predominantly zoonotic origin and the challenges posed by the discovery of the novel coronavirus infection, and outlines recommendations for the countries for early detection, prevention threats from this novel coronavirus infection. and control of public health

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