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DC Health: Be Alert for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome - Hajj Pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia Underway

Tuesday, August 21, 2018  
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Increased Vigilance for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Among Persons
Who Travel to Saudi Arabia for the Annual Pilgrimage (Hajj)

Source: Health Notice for District of Columbia Health Care Providers, August 21, 2018
Center for Policy, Planning and Evaluation Administration

The purpose of this Health Notice is to increase awareness and provide timely updates on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), an illness caused by MERS Coronavirus (CoV). The annual Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia will take place from approximately August 19-24, 2018. In previous years, state and local health departments have seen an increase in patients under investigation (PUIs) for MERS two to three weeks following the completion of Hajj as travelers return to the United States (U.S.).
We advise healthcare providers to consistently collect travel history information during the clinical evaluation of patients. Patients who have the clinical features and an epidemiologic risk for MERS must be promptly reported to the District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health).

See the full Health Notice for DC Health Care Providers.

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