Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (MERS‐CoV). It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since spread to several other countries. Most people identified as infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illnesses, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Although it is low risk to most travellers it has a 35% fatality rate, so you should seek immediate medical attention if you develop symptoms during or after travel, ensuring your travel history is mentioned.
Travel Vaccinations for Saudi Arabia
Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Saudi Arabia
A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.
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Destination Information for Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is a wealthy desert country encompassing a good majority of the Arabian Peninsula, with coastlines that run along the Persian Gulf and Red Sea. The country is known as the birthplace of Islam and is home to two of the religion’s most sacred mosques: Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, destination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, and Medina’s Masjid an-Nabawi, burial site of the prophet Muhammad. Riyadh, the capital, is a skyscraper-filled metropolis.
When you think of Saudi Arabia you think of a vast, harsh desert landscape, but there’s far more to this intriguing country. There are also beautiful mountaintops, beaches and rivers, as well as huge cosmopolitan cities with fabulous shopping opportunities and world-class restaurants.