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An expert committee was expected to advise the World Health Organization director general early this morning on whether to declare the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome an international public health emergency. The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for MERS was last night meeting in Geneva to decide whether to raise the risk of MERS in its fifth meeting since being convened in 2012. The committee is chaired by Australia’s chief medical officer of the Department of Health and Ageing, Chris Baggoley. The meeting began in Geneva late last night and a press briefing was expected to follow. The committee will provide technical advice to WHO Director General Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun on whether MERS constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. The meeting comes as a second case of the dangerous virus has been found in the United States. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Public Health, the patient is a health-care worker in Saudi Arabia. More