Taiwan issues travel alert for Middle East over MERS concerns

Want China Times
Date: 2015-08-27

Travelers to the Middle East should be on the alert as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

Modern buildings in Doha, Qatar, Nov. 16, 2013. (File photo/CFP)

Modern buildings in Doha, Qatar, Nov. 16, 2013. (File photo/CFP)

(MERS) has been escalating in the region, Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday.

The disease is concentrated mainly in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, where around 100 MERS cases had been reported as of late July, the CDC said.

The risk of contracting MERS may increase due to a surge of visitors for the Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that will take place Sept. 20-25, attracting over 3 million pilgrims from around the world, the CDC said.

People visiting Saudi Arabia and other MERS hotspots, namely the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Iran, Oman and Qatar, should exercise caution, the agency said.     [FULL  STORY]

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