WHO: 10 more MERS cases reported in Saudi Arabia, Jordan

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) recently provided an update on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) situation in Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

As of Friday, 10 additional cases of MERS have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO), with six of those patients being in stable condition, two remaining asymptomatic and two dying from the viral respiratory illness. The patients include both men and women ranging in age from 27 to 90. Additionally, five of them came into contact with previously confirmed patients, four work in the health care industry and one frequently came into contact with camels.

The CHP encourages the public to remain vigilant and take proper health precautions when traveling in the Middle East.

"Travelers to the Middle East should avoid going to farms, barns or markets with camels; avoid contact with sick persons and animals, especially camels, birds or poultry; and avoid unnecessary visits to health care facilities," a spokesman said. "We strongly advise travel agents organizing tours to the Middle East to abstain from arranging camel rides and activities involving direct contact with camels, which are known risk factors for acquiring MERS Coronavirus."

Thus far, more than 1,500 cases of MERS have been reported to WHO, with the majority of them confirmed among nine Middle East countries, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

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