This article covers the most recent health advices that everyone should know before beginning their journey in the light of ongoing cases of MERS virus in the Middle East. MERS virus is basically Middle East Respiratory Syndrome which leads to lungs, kidney or heart diseases and ultimately causing death. National Travel Health Network and centre along with Public Health are asking pilgrims who are planning to perform the pilgrimage of hajj this year to check the latest health advice for the sake of their own health because they are updating the health advice on the basis of latest research on MERS virus.
The year the hajj is about to fall between the dates from 13th October to 15th October. It is the biggest international gathering that brings millions of the pilgrims from all over the world along with thousands of pilgrims from UK for the purpose of performing hajj rituals.
The director of the Global Health at PHE Dr. Brain McCluskey said that on hajj people share small rooms and other small accommodation and this close interaction increase the risks of spreading of the various infectious diseases. Therefore it is necessary for everyone to be aware of the latest health and be prepared for the risk.
The joint Director of Nathan Dr. Dipti Patel said that although there are only a few confirmed cases of MERS virus but still the ministry of Saudi Arabia has warned the pilgrim and asked them to take precautions and for that reason they have created a list of people who should avoid this pilgrimage. The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has asked the vulnerable people and children who are thinking of performing hajj or Umrah to postpone their visit to Middle East for a while. Except these mentioned people everyone else can go with their plans but should know about the latest advice and ensure hygiene condition before travelling for their own safety.
There are few things that should also be known to travellers including which one is that the travellers are not restricted from travelling to Middle East and also that the risk of MERS virus is very low. Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV) is a new name given to an infection called novel virus. Although there are very few confirmed cases and risks are very low but still everyone should take care and follow the advice given to them. The pilgrims are being reminded of it again and again so negligence will be a folly.
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