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MERS in the UAE

I'm not sure how much MERS is in the news outside of this region. It's a sort of Saudi SARS, but a completely different virus. MERS stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. The first cases were reported in Saudi Arabia, and most cases since then have also been in Saudi Arabia, but there have now been cases in the rest of the Gulf (except Bahrain) as well as Jordan and Lebanon (and I think two cases in the US?).

The university health clinic sent out a Health Authority of Abu Dhabi pamphlet about MERS. I found it informative and interesting, and I thought you might like to see a few pages from it.

I love the helpful information, cloaked in the visual norms of the UAE. I saw these images posted on the wall at the hospital a few weeks ago, too.

Note the recommended protections to be taken at Hajj or Umra. Hajj will fall in the beginning of October this year. If I recall correctly, there has always been increased attention on the various sicknesses people spread/bring back home with them to the UAE after Hajj, so this year should be even more intense.

The concern about camel meat/milk is completely legitimate in this country!

Again, I love the graphic design here of a muhajjiba as a helpful medical authority.
Very culturally on-point.

More Hajj/Umrah concerns. This is a big deal because restrictions on travel to Saudi mean restrictions on Muslims trying to fulfill one of the pillars of their religion.

And finally, social media misinformation is addressed.

Anyway, this is what's going on in the UAE these days.

May 30th, outsourced

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