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.
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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.
For anyone attending the Hajj pilgrimage, vaccination is essential, with a requirement that you submit proof of your receival of the meningitis ACWY vaccine no less than 10 days before travel. Tetanus is another travel vaccination which is advisable and consider the importance of risks such as hepatitis A & B and Rabies. Book a consultation at a travel clinic for all the information you will need for your trip.
Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as: