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SAUDI HEALTH MINISTRY URGES PUBLIC TO TAKE PROPER PRECAUTIONS AROUND CAMELS
13 September 2014

​With hajj approaching, the Ministry of Health reminds the public of the need to take precautions when dealing with camels because of the risk of contracting Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).


With Allah's blessing, strict implementation of standard infection control measures led to dramatic decline in the number of healthcare-associated infections. Sporadic cases are expected to continue to occur as a result of exposure to secretions from camels that carry the virus without wearing a mask, gloves or protective clothing. MOH urges the public not to become complacent about the need to take proper measures to prevent exposure to this virus. In addition to the risk that unprotected exposure poses to the individual, it can put the health of others at risk, including family members and healthcare workers.


Studies have shown that MERS-CoV can be found in the mucus and saliva of infected camels, and research conducted by Saudi scientists indicates that camels play a role in the transmission of this virus to humans.


MOH has advised workers to take precautions when they interact with camels in places in like barns and slaughterhouses. This includes wearing a protective mask and gloves, as well as coveralls.


Visit the MOH Command & Control Center’s website to learn more about how to protect yourself from MERS-CoV: http://www.moh.gov.sa/en/CCC/Pages/default.aspx




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