The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

2108 Words Jun 28th, 2015 9 Pages
Saudi Arabia is a country that is known to attract religious visitors from around the world to take part in the yearly pilgrimage of Hajj or Umrah. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is a new infectious disease that is creating an uproar in the world because of the yearly gathering of around 3 to 4 million muslims to participate in Hajj and the year-long influx of pilgrims partaking in Umrah (Lessler et al., 2014).
According to the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (2014), the first incident of MERS-Cov was reported from Saudi Arabia in June 2012. Recent reports from The World Health Organization as of May 13 indicated 1,180 confirmed cases within 25 countries, and a total of 483 deaths have been recorded thus far. At this point MERS-Cov has a 40% mortality rate that continues to rise as the death toll increases from new infectious cases. It has been confirmed that all cases that were reported to WHO outside of the Middle East have had a history of recent travel to that region or have been in contact with a person who has travelled to this part of the world. It is because of this that surveillance and control measure in response to this fatal virus should be created and implemented to eradicate MERS-CoV from spreading to different regions of the world for future pilgrimage (Zumla, Hui, & Perlman 2015).
With the 2015 Hajj quickly approaching, national surveillance systems should be on the alert for the low but long-lasting risk of infected pilgrims…
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