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INFO-Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (Jeddah)


Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in Protected content . It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness. They had fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About half of these people died.

Infected patients may have the following signs and symptoms:
Shortness of breath
Malaise - a general feeling of being unwell
Chest pain
Diarrhea (in some cases)
Renal (kidney) failure

As nobody knows what the source of transmission of MERS-CoV is, exactly how people become infected, or its mode of transmission, WHO says it cannot give specific advice on prevention of infection.

People who become ill while on a trip should avoid close contact with other people, they should wear a medical mask, and sneeze into a sleeve, flexed elbow or tissue (making sure it is disposed of properly after use).

Avoid contact with people with symptoms of disease
Maintain good hand hygiene
Avoid unwashed vegetables and fruits
Avoid uncooked or undercooked meats
Make sure the water you drink is sterilized

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