Saudi Arabia urges MERS precautions around camels
Saudi officials urge precautions among those who deal with camels as MERS toll rises
Associated Press
2014-05-11 11:01 PM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia is warning those dealing with camels to take precautions as the number of infections in the kingdom from a respiratory illness linked to the animals rises further.

The official Saudi Press Agency said Sunday that the Ministry of Agriculture is urging people who come in contact with camels to "exercise caution and follow preventive measures."

It says the ministry issued the advice after scientific studies commissioned by the Health Ministry proved a connection between camels and the virus that causes the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

The guidance came after the country reported six more deaths from MERS on Saturday. A total of 139 people have died and 480 have been confirmed to have contracted the virus in Saudi Arabia since it was discovered in 2012.

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