Citing MERS threat, Philippine health office asks Hajj pilgrims to reconsider

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The Philippines’ health department urged Muslims to reconsider plans to join pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia this year due to the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus outbreak there. Some 6,500 Filipino Muslims are set to join the annual Hajj pilgrimage in October. “We know it’s a religious custom, but it is also our duty to provide health advisories,” said a health official, who asked the pilgrims if they could just go in 2015, when the disease is expected to be under control.

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