WHO: South Korea's MERS Outbreak is not a Public Emergency

Despite calling the recent outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus in South Korea a "wakeup call" that warranted "close monitoring," the World Health Organization said on Wednesday that it still falls short of being a public health emergency.
The announcement, which came out of Tuesday's emergency committee meeting, was made even as the number of reported MERS cases climbed to 162, and the death toll increased to 20.
Emphasizing the role that health care facilities have played in the virus' spread, the WHO reportedly said there are no indications that this strain of MERS has undergone any mutations that would make it more difficult to treat, compared to strains that have circulated elsewhere, especially in Saudi Arabia.