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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