Letters MERS-CoV and the Hajj

Low public health risk of MERS-CoV in people returning from the Hajj

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5543 (Published 21 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5543
  1. Gerry Waldron, consultant in health protection1,
  2. Lorraine Doherty, assistant director of public health (health protection)1
  1. 1Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland), Belfast BT2 8BS, UK
  1. gerry.waldron{at}hscni.net

Kumar and colleagues do well to raise the possibility of cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) arising in returning travellers from high risk areas.1 However, their assertions that “awareness of MERS in healthcare workers remains low” and “the risk of returning Hajj pilgrims contracting and spreading MERS-CoV . . . …

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