Monday, May 29, 2017

Saudi MOH Announces 1 Primary MERS Case In Madina


The holy month of Ramadan began on Friday, May 26th, a time when tens of thousands of religious pilgrims will descend upon Saudi Arabia's Holiest cities (mostly Mecca and Madina) to perform Umrah.

Today we learn of a primary MERS case in the city of Madina, involving a 60 year old Saudi male, with no listed risk exposure.

Each year since MERS emerged we've seen concerns over the international spread of MERS by religious pilgrims returning from the Hajj or from performing Umrah during Ramadan, but so far, neither has sparked an outbreak.

Nevertheless, public health officials around the world will be alert for any signs of infection among returning travelers.

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