Health workers issue update on MERS outbreak in Jordan
According to the update, health officials are continuing to closely monitor two MERS cases and one death from the syndrome. They encourage the public to be aware of MERS and to take extra precuations when they travel in the Middle East.
The two new MERS patients include a woman who is 73 and a man who was 56 when he died. Both of these patients have underlying health concerns and are connected to a MERS outbreak in Amman, Jordan.
"As the Hajj pilgrimage will begin soon, pilgrims visiting Mecca, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, should be vigilant against MERS,” a CHP spokesperson said. “Those with pre-existing major medical conditions, such as diabetes, chronic lung disease, chronic renal disease and immunodeficiency, are more likely to develop severe infections if they are exposed to MERS Coronavirus. Pilgrims should hence consult health care providers before traveling to review the risk and assess whether pilgrimage is advisable.”