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World Cup 'camel flu' warning: Experts database MERS - which kills up to a THIRD of everyone it strikes - arsenic 1 of 8 imaginable illness threats astatine Qatar tournament

  • WHO-backed experts fearfulness 'camel flu' could dispersed astatine this year's World Cup
  • Dozens of radical person fallen sick with MERS successful big federation Qatar implicit past decade
  • Disease experts listed MERS arsenic 1 of 9 'infection risks' during tournament

By Stephen Matthews Health Editor For Mailonline

Published: 17:19 GMT, 24 November 2022 | Updated: 17:44 GMT, 24 November 2022

It's not conscionable 'football fever' that could dispersed astatine this year's World Cup.

World Health Organization-backed experts fearfulness 'camel flu' — a deadlier relative of Covid — might, too.

Dozens of radical person fallen sick with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) successful big federation Qatar implicit the past decade. 

It kills up to a 3rd of everyone who gets infected. 

Disease experts listed MERS arsenic 1 of 8 imaginable 'infection risks' during the four-week agelong tournament. 

Covid and monkeypox were named arsenic the 2 astir apt threats.

Camels are thought to beryllium the earthy big of the virus, which is from the aforesaid household arsenic the microorganism down the Covid pandemic

MERS SYMPTOMS: Its symptoms see a fever, cough, breathing difficulties, diarrhoea and vomiting

What are the World Cup corruption risks? 

1. Covid

2. Monkeypox

3. MERS

4. Vector-borne diseases (cutaneous leishmaniasis, malaria, dengue, rabies)

5. Measles

6. Hepatitis A 

7. Hepatitis B

8. Travellers' diarrhoea

Writing successful the diary New Microbes and New Infections, an world trio said the World Cup 'unavoidably poses infectious illness risks'.

Professor Patricia Schlagenhauf, an epidemiologist from the WHO's Collaborating Centre for Travellers' Health, and squad said this applied to Qatar and neighbouring countries. 

Qatar borders Saudi Arabia, wherever MERS was archetypal reported a decennary ago.

Illnesses could besides beryllium exported to different countries, similar Britain and the US, due to the fact that of the sheer magnitude of fans who've travelled to Qatar to ticker the tournament, the experts suggested.

Around 5,000 England and Wales fans are believed to beryllium heading to the Arab authorities for the radical stages.

They marque up conscionable a fraction of the 1.2million supporters expected to flock to Qatar for the historical tournament.

Britain has lone ever recorded 5 cases of MERS, astir precocious successful a traveller from the Middle East successful August 2018. 

Human-to-human transmission is possible, according to wellness chiefs.

Camels are thought to beryllium the earthy big of the virus, which is from the aforesaid household arsenic the microorganism down the Covid pandemic. 

Because of this, wellness chiefs already urge that each travellers to the portion debar touching the mammals.

They should besides debar drinking camel beverage oregon urine oregon devour camel nutrient that has not been decently cooked, infectious illness scientists down the latest informing said. 

Anyone coming backmost to Britain with tell-tale MERS symptoms, which are similar that of a acold oregon flu, are told to question aesculapian proposal and stock their question history, truthful corruption power and investigating tin beryllium done.

Similar measures sparked an Ebola scare successful the UK past week, aft a idiosyncratic successful the UK who had been successful Uganda — wherever the microorganism is roaming — developed cold-like symptoms.

There is nary circumstantial attraction for the illness, truthful doctors enactment to easiness a patient's symptoms. Around 35 per cent of those who get MERS dice arsenic a result. 

Dr Jaffar Al-Tawfiq, an infectious illness advisor astatine Saudi Arabia's Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, and Dr Philippe Gautret, from Aix Marseille University successful France, were the different 2 researchers.

What is 'camel flu'? 

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS), besides known arsenic camel flu, is simply a uncommon but terrible respiratory illness.

People tin drawback MERS from infected animals — though doctors accidental camels successful the Middle East are the main root of the virus. The microorganism was archetypal detected portion successful 2012.

It tin besides beryllium transmitted done an infected person's cough droplets — but this is rare.

There person been 5 cases of MERS successful the UK since 2012, with the astir caller occurring successful August 2018.

Its symptoms see a fever, cough, breathing difficulties, diarrhoea and vomiting.

There is nary circumstantial attraction for the illness, truthful doctors enactment to easiness a patient's symptoms.

Around 35 per cent of those who get MERS dice arsenic a result.

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