MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia (Update 4)
21 Aug 2017
The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health reported a new case of MERS-CoV infection on 18 August 2017. This is an increase of 11 cases since 6 August and brings the country total to 1698 cases including 690 deaths since 2012.
Advice for Travellers
The risk associated with MERS-CoV to the general UK population and travellers to the Middle East remains very low.
Travellers to the Middle East or other countries reporting cases (check individual country pages on fitfortravel) are advised to:
- Avoid close contact with people suffering from respiratory infections.
- Wash-hands frequently, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
- Avoid close contact with live farm or wild animals.
- Avoid contact with camels.
- Avoidconsumption of raw camel milk/urine, undercooked camel meat or camel products.
- Adhere to food safety and hygiene rules, such as avoiding undercooked meats, raw fruits and vegetables unless they have been peeled, or unsafe water.
- Adhere to respiratory hygiene measures if acute respiratory illness develops- maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands after disposing of tissues or coughing.
Travellers to the Middle East and or other countries reporting cases (check individual country pages on fitfortravel) who develop high fever, cough or severe illness either during travel or after their return should seek medical attention and share their history of travel.
For further advice see Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.