The MERS-CoV flu continues to spread in Saudi Arabia. Reuters reports that the Saudi government has announced four more death, including ones in Riyadh and Jeddah (for the first time). At present, the World Health Organization believes that the flu is spread, person-to-person, based on close and sustained proximity. That does not bode well for the Haj in mid-October, when millions are expected to converge on the cities of Mecca and Medinah, with many traveling through Jeddah.

It does support the Saudi government’s urging foreign pilgrims to consider postponing their pilgrimage this year. Not only will facilities be crowded due to construction work at the Grand Mosque, but the possibility of spreading the flu globally is not trivial.

Saudi Arabia says MERS coronavirus kills four more

DUBAI (Reuters) – Four more people have died and three more have fallen ill in Saudi Arabia from the new SARS-like coronavirus MERS-CoV, the Saudi Health Ministry said on Monday.

The ministry said the four deaths were among previously registered cases. The new infections were in Eastern Province, in the capital Riyadh and in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia has been the country most affected by the respiratory-system virus, with 49 confirmed cases, of whom 32 have died, according to data from the ministry.


June:18:2013 - 05:19 | Comments & Trackbacks (2) | Permalink
2 Responses to “Creeping Flu II”
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    Jerry M Said:
    June:19:2013 - 00:37 

    If the told everyone to stay away this year, it might cause even more of a panic and it would anger those in the pilgrimage business. I can imagine what is going on behind the scenes. I can only guess that they are stocking up on hand sanitizers and antibiotics.

  2. 2
    John Burgess Said:
    June:19:2013 - 08:52 

    @Jerry M: The government can always reduce the number of visas, if it chooses to do so. Those who rely on Haj for their yearly income will be annoyed, as will those who have been saving all their lives to make the pilgrimage this year and may not get visas next year.

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