PUTRAJAYA, Jan 3 (Bernama) -- All companies organising umrah (minor haj) and pilgrimage packages to the Holy Land are advised not to arrange visits to camel farms to prevent infection of the Middle East Coronary Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV).
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam said visits to these farms may pose a risk of MERS-CoV infection to pilgrims because the respiratory infection caused by the coronavirus was suspected to stem from camels.
"The matter was raised in the Cabinet meeting today, where the Tourism and Culture Ministry and the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Section) were urged to advise travel agencies not to provide tour packages to camel farms.
"The Ministry of Health cannot issue a ban, so I asked for the cooperation of the two ministries so that an announcement can be made and pilgrims notified not to visit camel farms to avoid the MERS-CoV infection," he told a press conference here today.
According to him, the two ministries responded positively and will take the necessary steps to ensure MERS-CoV infection among umrah as well as Haj pilgrims and visitors can be prevented.....