publication . Article . 2014

Lack of MERS Coronavirus but Prevalence of Influenza Virus in French Pilgrims after 2013 Hajj

Philippe Gautret; Rémi N. Charrel; Samir Benkouiten; Khadidja Belhouchat; Antoine Nougairède; Tassadit Drali; Nicolas Salez; Ziad A. Memish; Malak al Masri; Jean Christophe Lagier; ...
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  • Published: 07 Feb 2014
  • Publisher: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
To the Editor: Saudi Arabia has reported the highest number of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases since the virus first emerged in 2012, with >127 confirmed cases and a case-fatality rate of 42%, as of November 2013 (1). Global attention has focused on the potential for spread of MERS-CoV after the Hajj pilgrimage during which Muslims from 180 countries converge in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Such pilgrims have a high risk for respiratory tract infections because of severe overcrowding. The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee advised all countries (particularly those with returning pilgrims) to strengthen their surveillance c...
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