Cases of MERS-CoV continue to arise. The majority have been diagnosed in Saudi Arabia and to date there have been 114 confirmed cases and 54 deaths.
The conditions of the Hajj may increase the risk of respiratory illness and this year additional health advice has been issued by the Ministry of health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in light of the ongoing outbreak of MERS-CoV in the region.
This information is available on the Hajj and Umrah Pilgrimage page of fitfortravel. In addition, the travel health team at HPS has produced leaflets in English, Urdu and Farsi, providing basic information on MERS-CoV and outlining the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Hajj and Umrah health advice. They are available in PDF format for download. Posters suitable for GP surgeries, travel clinics and community groups are also available in PDF format for download.