With reports of 38 confirmed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) since early September and 32 cases reported this month, the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health (MOH) is admitting that the novel virus is still a threat in the Kingdom.
This follows the reporting of 6 cases during the past 24 hours, including one fatality.
Of the recent surge in MERS cases in the Kingdom, the city of Taif has been hit exceptionally hard with 17 cases. Riyadh has also reported an uptick in cases…
…[P]eople should avoid close contact with animals, particularly camels, when visiting farms, markets, or barn areas where the virus is known to be potentially circulating. General hygiene measures, such as regular hand washing before and after touching animals and avoiding contact with sick animals, should be adhered to.
Food hygiene practices should be observed. People should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating meat that has not been properly cooked.