Travelers should practice general hygiene measures, including regular handwashing before and after touching animals, and avoid contact with sick animals.
Travelers should also avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products. The World Health Organization considers certain groups to be at high risk for severe MERS; these groups include people with diabetes, kidney failure, or chronic lung disease and people who have weakened immune systems.
Symptoms of MERS include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
CDC is working with the World Health Organization and other partners to understand the public health risks from this virus.
All travelers can take these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of germs and protect against colds, flu, and other illnesses: People who are traveling to provide health care services in the Arabian Peninsula should review CDC’s recommendations for infection control of confirmed or suspected MERS cases.