July 30, 2013
The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus has killed 38 people in Saudi Arabia and 44 worldwide. Health officials are worried that a major MERS outbreak could occur in October, when millions of Muslims will visit Saudi Arabia’s holy sites. Religious pilgrims are being urged to wear masks in crowded areas, use tissues when sneezing and coughing, and get the latest vaccinations, according to a July 13 BBC article. MERS belongs to the same family of viruses as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and the common cold.
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