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Travelers to Middle East warned over deadly virus

TAIPEI--People who plan to travel to the Middle East should take precautions against a deadly virus as more cases have been reported on the often-fatal disease, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday.

Travelers are advised to pay attention to personal hygiene, as well as avoid visiting farmland and coming into contact with camels or people with respiratory symptoms, it said.

According to the World Health Organization, 264 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been confirmed as of early May, including 93 deaths, mainly in the Middle East.

Besides that part of the world, there have been increasing cases confirmed in other countries, including the United States, Malaysia, the Philippines and Greece, suggesting a pandemic surge, the CDC said.

In response, it has issued a level 2 alert for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on its three-level scale.

For countries with slightly milder MERS-CoV conditions, including Jordan, Kuwait, Amman, Qatar and Yemen, a level 1 alert was issued.

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