Travel Alert – Saudi Arabia – MERS

Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for people living or traveling in the Saudi Arabia specifically Taif City.  This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…

Health Ministry Announces New MERS Case In Taif City

Category: Health and Medical

Severity: 2 (Low)

Source: Drum Cussac

10/06/2014 (Saudi Arabia) – The Health Ministry announced on Sunday, 5 October, that a new case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus was reported in Taif city. The Saudi national is being treated in hospital. The ministry added that the total number of cases of MERS since the virus was first discovered in 2012 is now 756. At least 320 of the infected people died, while 427 others recovered and seven people are being treated.

The rate of MERS infection has slowed over the past few months, which heath officials say may be a result of improved infection control measures introduced in medical facilities. There were only 15 known cases, including two deaths, between 11 August and 28 September. However, concerns were heightened that the Hajj would increase the risk of a major outbreak. The Saudi Health Ministry had urged elderly Muslims, pregnant women and those who are chronically ill not to visit the country for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The government stated on Sunday that no confirmed cases of MERS have been detected among some two million pilgrims.

Personnel are advised to take note of MERS-related announcements from the authorities. Those in-country should pro-actively practice good health hygiene, including frequent hand-washing and avoiding people suffering from acute respiratory infections in confined spaces. Individuals with chronic health conditions are advised to seek medical advice as to the best preventative steps to take to minimise the potential for contraction. Travellers should see a doctor if they develop a fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

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