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  • Iran Media Report: Iran’s Health Ministry Prepared to Deal with Possible MERS Cases

    September 26, 2015 - 17:30
    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian health official on Saturday warned the country’s Hajj pilgrims and their families about the risks of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), saying the ministry has formed a committee to prevent the disease as pilgrims are expected to return from Saudi Arabia.


    The Ministry of Health has launched a committee to prevent the MERS-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) given the upcoming return of Iranian pilgrims from Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, Deputy Health Minister Ali Akbar Sayyari said in a press conference in Tehran.
    Most Coronaviruses have been reported from Saudi Arabia, Sayyari said, announcing that 85 percent of those diagnosed with MERS have contracted it in the Arab country.

    He further noted that the country’s airports are prepared for the return of Hajj pilgrims from Sunday, and certain measures will be carried out inside the airplanes carrying back the pilgrims.

    In all planes carrying the Iranian pilgrims, a self-assessment form will be distributed among passengers to declare if they have any of the disease’s symptoms, he added.
    Sayyari went on to say that if any symptom is noticed in any of the passengers, they will be separated from others and sent to hospital once they arrive in Iran.

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    http://www.tasnimnews.com/english/Home/Single/871282
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