Singapore Muslims planning to perform minor pilgrimage should take extra care: Muis
Published on May 15, 2014 7:04 PM
Singaporean Muslims planning to perform the umrah or minor pilgrimage in May or June should take extra precautions to protect themselves against the recent rise of the Mers-COV disease in Saudi Arabia, said the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) in a statement on Thursday.
Mers-COV, short for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, causes acute respiratory illness in infected patients.
The council said pilgrims should consult a doctor to ensure they are medically fit for the pilgrimage, and also strongly recommended that they get vaccinated against influenza and meningitis. "People aged 65 and older or those with chronic medical conditions should obtain pneumococcal vaccination as well," it said.
It added that pilgrims should also familiarise themselves with the Ministry of Health's (MOH) health advisory on the disease, which is available online at www.moh.gov.sg and provided at pre-departure briefings for prilgrims conducted by travel agents.
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