CAS alert: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage
The Chief Medical Officer has issued an alert to make healthcare professionals aware of the potentially increased risk associated with travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia following the recent MERS-CoV outbreak there. The risk to the UK population remains low, but pharmacists are reminded that this outbreak coincides with the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca from 20th to 25th September. The alert highlights the importance of implementing PHE MERS-CoV infection control guidance immediately when possible cases are recognised. See the alert for further detail.