For more information, read the MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) fact sheet.
For more information about MERS in the Middle East, refer to WHO - Middle East respiratory syndrome updates.
WHO have provided Travel advice for people making pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia.
NSW Health also provides Hajj travel advice with information for pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj or Umrah.
Also note the Australian Government's Smartraveller Travel advice for Saudi Arabia and the Australian Department of Health Information for travellers about MERS.
Camels in the Middle East are suspected to be the primary source of infection for humans.
Travellers in the Middle East should:
MERS-CoV does not seem to pass easily from person to person but transmission is more likely in certain settings, such as occurs when providing unprotected care to a patient.
Hospitals outbreaks of MERS-CoV are well known, making the strict and timely application of appropriate infection prevention and control measures vital.