Hajj: Saudi Bans Slaughtering Of Camels To Stop Disease Spread


Saudi authorities have reiterated its ban on the slaughtering of camels during Hajj in order to stop the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Faisal Al-Zahrani, spokesman for the ministry, said the ban covers the entire Kingdom during Eid Al-Adha. It also includes the Burmese community in Makkah, whose members traditionally sacrifice camels. Camels, identified as carriers of the MERS virus, have infected 1,225 people in the kingdom since June 2012 when it was first discovered by scientists. The Nigerian Government advised the pilgrims not eat camel meat to avoid contracting the disease. The Coordinator, Madinah Operations, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Bello Tambuwal, told newsmen that the commission had established two clinics in Madinah to treat any ailment or infection. Tambuwal said the commission stocked the medical facilities with drugs and experts were assigned to man them, adding that the clinic would operate 24 hours. Dr Ibrahim Kana, the head of medical team, 2015 Hajj, MERS Virus can only be transmitted by animals to man.


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