Mecca pilgrims urged to exercise basic hygiene to prevent MERS spread

July 10, 2014 12:17 PM

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Mecca pilgrims urged to exercise basic hygiene to prevent MERS spread

MANILA, Philippines - A World Health Organization official on Thursday urged millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East respiratory syndrome.

The UN agency has recorded 827 cases of MERS and 287 deaths, mostly in Saudi Arabia. The virus is believed primarily acquired through contact with camels and spread among humans through body fluids and droplets.

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