Posted by: infideltaskforce | August 27, 2013

Hajj pilgrims warned over virus

Image    AUSTRALIAN Muslims planning to travel to Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj are being warned about a Middle Eastern Respiratory Virus (MERS) which has killed 41 people in the nation.

 

As of last Friday, there were 103 reported cases of MERS around the world and 46 deaths, NSW Health says.

Saudi Arabia is the country worst hit by the coronavirus, a cousin of the deadly SARS virus, with 82 cases.

NSW Health says all travellers should check the latest health advice.

Dr Vicky Sheppeard of NSW Health’s communicable disease branch says there is a risk pilgrims could contract MERS and bring it into Australia.

“This has already occurred in other countries including Italy, the UK, France, Tunisia and Germany”, Dr Sheppeard said on Tuesday.

People over the age of 65, those with chronic diseases, pregnant women and children under 12 should not make the journey for their own safety, Saudi Arabia’s health ministry says.

Thousands of Australians are expected to join the three million Muslims making the pilgrimage in mid-October.

There is no vaccine against the virus, which has a 51 per cent fatality rate.

It is believed to be related to the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003.

Like SARS, MERS is thought to have jumped from animals to humans, and it shares the former’s flu-like symptoms, but differs by also causing kidney failure.

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