• Indian Muslims bid farewell to their relatives as they leave for Hajj pilgrimage (Source: AAP)
Australian Muslims taking part in the annual Hajj pilgrimage are being warned of a new virus strain hitting parts of the Middle East.
By
Darren Mara

Source
World News Radio
8 Oct 2013 - 4:56 PM  UPDATED 8 Oct 2013 - 5:43 PM

A new research paper is warning Australian Muslims taking part in the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, which begins next week, of the dangers of a new virus strain currently hitting parts of the Middle East.

The global number of infections of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus has risen to over 130, with almost 60 deaths reported.

The World Health Organisation recently confirmed six new cases in Saudi Arabia, where the Hajj pilgrimage ends.

Professor Robert Booy has co-authored a new report on the MERS coronavirus.

He spoke with Darren Mara about the risk to Australians travelling to Mecca.

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