Health Ministry advises Palestinians against Hajj trip
Published Sunday 04/05/2014 (updated) 06/05/2014 20:03
An Asian worker and Saudi policeman wear mouth and nose masks
while on duty at the King Fahad stadium in Riyadh on April 22, 2014
(AFP/File Fayez Nureldine)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority has advised those planning to travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage in 2014 to postpone their trip due to the presence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the country.
Asaad Ramlawi, director-general of the primary healthcare department, said Friday that especially children under 12, pregnant woman, people over 65, and people with chronic diseases should avoid traveling to Saudi Arabia this year.
As of yet, there have been no cases of MERS reported in Palestine, Ramlawi said.
According to the World Health Organization's most recent statistics, 254 cases of MERS have been diagnosed since the virus was discovered in 2012.
At least 93 people have died as a result of the disease, the WHO says.