The Health Ministry will focus on the prevention of infectious diseases such as the MERS and Zika during Haj. The ministry will also be carefully monitoring diseases such as cerebral spinal fever, meningitis, yellow fever and polio among the incoming pilgrims, said an official. The ministry is focusing on educating[…]
Over the past few summers, as millions of Muslims set off on the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia’s Mecca, members of the health community have speculated about whether this will be the year when religion and a new virus collide for a big, deadly outbreak. Recently, the bug in[…]
Muslims have started arriving in Saudi Arabia to fulfill the fifth pillar of Islam amidst health concerns as the kingdom continues to struggle to contain the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus that erupted in June 2012. The pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia which includes visits to the holiest sites in[…]
South Korean President Park Geun-hye postponed a U.S. visit on Wednesday to supervise the handling of an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as two more people died and 13 new cases were reported, lifting the total number of patients to 108. Park had been due to leave for[…]
A World Health Organization official is reminding millions of Muslims making a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East respiratory syndrome. The U.N. agency has recorded 827 cases of MERS and 287 deaths, mostly in Saudi Arabia. The[…]
Muslim pilgrims from around the world are pouring into the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, undeterred by the spread of the MERS virus which has killed 284 people in the kingdom.The faithful who dream of visiting Islam’s holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina travel to western Saudi Arabia[…]
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