Middle East virus possibly spread by camels 中東病毒可能源於駱駝

  • 2014年 5月 16日

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Image caption Camels head across the desert: could they be carrying the MERS virus?

沙特阿拉伯相關部門就一種已導致100多人死亡的病毒發出警告,稱此病毒可能來源於駱駝。到目前為止,沙特阿拉伯境內已有近500人感染了這種被稱為中東呼吸綜合症的病毒。以下是 Sebastian Usher 為 BBC 發來的報道。

Saudis who handle camels have been told to wear protective clothing - masks and gloves. In a statement, the Ministry of Agriculture advised people to avoid contact with the animals if they can and to drink only boiled camel milk.

The Ministry is responding to increasing concern from health experts that camels are the likeliest carriers of the SARS-like virus, MERS, which has spread across much of the Middle East, but is at its most virulent in Saudi Arabia.

The camel remains a key part of traditional Saudi life. Some farmers have scoffed at the warnings, with one posting a video of himself hugging and kissing his camels, asking one to sneeze into his face.