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.

Please click here to read the full advice on MERS.

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