MERS Outbreak Could Spread With Annual Pilgrimage: Officials

June 17, 2014 11:58 AM

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MERS Outbreak Could Spread With Annual Pilgrimage: Officials

The outbreaks of mysterious MERS virus isn’t yet a global emergency, but the coming mass pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia called the Hajj will give the virus a big chance to spread, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Health officials said Saudi Arabia is taking important steps to study and control the virus, which travelers have carried around the world, including to the United States.

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