Alternate Title: FAO Animal Production and Health Report No. 11
"The Technical Meeting on understanding Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) at the human-animal interface was convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to determine the current status of scientific knowledge on MERS-CoV and identify major gaps that require further studies, in order to better understand the disease dynamics at the interface between humans and animals, and to develop practical approaches to control and minimize the impact of this virus. The meeting also aimed at fostering collaboration and partnerships between institutions and organizations working on MERS-CoV at the human-animal interface. [...] Critical gaps remain in our knowledge of many aspects of the epidemiology, ecology, and pathogenesis of MERS-CoV. A number of research groups are currently investigating various aspects of MERS-CoV, and significant scientific information has been published during the past three years. FAO is embarking on a field programme to investigate MERS-CoV along the animal value chains in the Horn of Africa, North Africa and the Near East to better understand the disease dynamics at the animal-human interface. In this regard, FAO convened a technical meeting to determine the extent of current scientific knowledge, identify the major study gaps, and develop practical and realistic approaches to minimize the risk of transmission to humans and reduce the adverse impacts of this virus."
FAO Animal Production and Health Report No. 11
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FAO Technical Meeting on Understanding MERS-CoV at the Animal-Human Interface. Rome, Italy. January 21-22, 2016