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Preparation of Hajees for pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia- Corona virus

What is MERS Coronavirus?

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV.  Coronaviruses constitute a big family including viruses that can cause colds, and in some cases can cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Most cases of infections with this virus are simple. However, the Coronavirus, which has appeared recently, is a new virus and not much is known about its characteristics and ways of its transmission and no vaccine is available yet.

How can I get infected?

There is no accurate scientific evidence identifying the way through which the virus can be transmitted from one person to another. But, it is likely to be similar to the other kinds of Coronavirus. WHO stated "the risk of sustained person-to-person transmission appears to be low."

The ways of human-to-human Corona transmission include the following:

How will I know if I am infected with MERS- CoV?

There are no specific symptoms. According to the cases registered so far, after exposure to the virus in approximately a week’s time, the symptoms could include the following:

MERS-CoV patient might develop severe acute respiratory symptoms that may need hospitalization and intensive care treatment. In case of any medical emergency, call Apollo Bramwell Hospital Emergency Services on 132.

* Mortality rate among infected individuals is noted to be high

What must I do to reduce the risk of getting infected?

The following measures to contain respiratory secretions are recommended for all individuals with signs and symptoms of a respiratory infection.

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MERS - Coronavirus Information for 2013 Hadj Pilgrims



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Jane and I wanted to thank you so much for the care you and your colleagues took of Jane whist in Mauritius. Everything went well and Prakash did a great job of getting us to your clinic and back over the 6 dialysis days. We had a wonderful holiday and our children and grandchildren plus the other family all enjoyed it enormously. Best wishes to you all

Andrew and Jane Stewart