Are you undertaking Hajj this year? Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) remains a risk to visitors to Saudi Arabia. The information below should help you lower your risks of contracting the illness.
From Travel Health Pro –
All travellers, particularly those with chronic medical conditions, should practise good general health measures, such as regular hand washing with soap and water, at all times, but especially after visiting farms, barns or market areas. They should:
- avoid contact with camels
- avoid raw camel milk and/or camel products
- avoid consumption of any type of raw milk, raw milk products and any food that may be contaminated with animal secretions unless peeled and cleaned and/or thoroughly cooked
There is currently no vaccine to prevent MERS CoV.
If you are planning to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to undertake Hajj or Umra, please read our factsheet for further information.
If you have returned from the Middle East, and are experiencing mild respiratory (breathing) symptoms, it is most likely you have a common respiratory illness, such as a cold. However, if you have more severe respiratory symptoms you should seek medical advice from your GP or NHS111. It is important to give details of your recent travel history to the health professional, so that appropriate measures and testing can be undertaken.
- CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/index.html
- NaTHNaC: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/237/mers-cov-update-travelhealthpro-country-pages
Consistently jumping from dromedary camels to people, #MERS coronavirus adapts to infect other species, which may mean that other coronaviruses can do the same, found research published in @CellReports. https://t.co/9Y7UjOnzpu
— Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (@RSTMH) August 15, 2018
If you’re travelling to Saudi Arabia ahead of #Hajj2018, watch this video about our updated guidance on reducing the risk of contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV): https://t.co/Y3IEzzQdA4 pic.twitter.com/P4y9wjfeH4
— Public Health England (@PHE_uk) August 14, 2018
— Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (@RSTMH) August 11, 2018
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