FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Health workers issue update on MERS outbreak in Jordan

Update on latest MERS situation in Jordan 9/8 | Courtesy of wikipedia.org
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP), part of the Hong Kong Department of Health, recently released the latest update about the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak taking place 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.”

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