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As Hajj Begins, Saudi Arabia, Jordan Report Additional MERS Cases; WHO, Countries Make Preparations For Pilgrims’ Health

CIDRAP News: Saudi Arabia, Jordan report more MERS as Hajj begins
“As about two million Muslims from across the globe gather in Saudi Arabia to launch the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the host country over the past three days reported three more MERS-CoV cases in as many cities. And neighboring Jordan reported two more … cases … In a statement [Monday] from its Eastern Mediterranean regional office, World Health Organization (WHO) officials acknowledged the threat from MERS-CoV and other health issues in such an immense mass gathering, thought to be the largest in the world…” (Schnirring, 9/21).

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