Although the risk of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is very low, Public Health England are advising travellers to:

  • Avoid unnecessary contact with camels and avoid consumption of raw camel milk and camel products
  • Avoid consuming any type of raw milk/milk products and any food that could be contaiminated with animal secretions unless it is cleaned/peeled/thoroughly cooked
  • Follow good general hygiene and regularly wash hands, especially after visiting barns, farms or market areas
  • Avoid close contact with sick animals or people
  • Be aware of the symptoms which include cough, fever or shortness of breath; if the traveller becomes unwell within 14 days of being in the Middle East, medical attention should be sought