The camel flu is a respiratory ailment that is caused by the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus. Health experts from around the world have warned returning football fans about the risk of carrying the camel flu back with them. Qatar is hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Fans returning from Qatar should be cautious of MERS, according to a warning that was placed on the website of the Australian health ministry. The alert also encouraged individuals to limit their risk of catching the infection by adhering to proper hygiene practices, avoiding direct contact with camels, and avoiding the consumption of raw meat or unpasteurized milk.
The United Kingdom’s Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has requested that medical professionals search for patients who are experiencing fever as well as difficulty breathing.
The advisories are a response to a rise in the total number of MERS cases that have been reported around the world. According to the statistics provided by the UKHSA, the World Health Organization (WHO) received reports of 2,600 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS-CoV and 935 deaths related with the virus on a global scale between April 2012 and October 2022. MERS is an infectious respiratory disease that was discovered for the first time in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. It is caused by a coronavirus. Many people believe that it poses a greater threat than COVID.
What exactly is the MERS-COV?
According to the information provided by the WHO website, this virus is zoonotic, which means that it can be passed from animals to people. The report went on to state that the virus had been identified and that it has been connected to human illnesses in dromedary camels in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
In addition, the WHO stated that human-to-human transmission is feasible and has occurred most frequently among people who have close personal relationships or who work in healthcare settings. According to the global health agency, there has been very little human-to-human transmission that has taken place outside of healthcare settings.
It is anticipated that one third of people diagnosed with MERS and referred to WHO have passed away.