Travelers to Middle East cautioned over deadly respiratory disease

  • 10 May, 2014
  • Editor

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says people who plan to travel to the Middle East should take precautions against a deadly virus.

The CDC said on Saturday that according to the World Health Organization, 264 cases of infection with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus have been confirmed as of early May, including 93 deaths, mainly in the Middle East.

The CDC also said in addition to the Middle East, more and more cases are also being confirmed in other countries, including the United States, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Greece.

The CDC said travelers are advised to pay attention to personal hygiene. It also said travelers should avoid visiting farmland and coming into contact with camels or people with respiratory symptoms.

According to the CDC, a total of seven suspected cases have been found in Taiwan since last September, but all of them have tested negative.


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