Via the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Travel Notice: MERS – CoV Situation in the Middle East: [Updated 19 May 2014]. Excerpt:
Travel Notice: MERS – CoV Situation in the Middle East: [Updated 19 May 2014]
While no cases of MERS-CoV have been detected in Singapore thus far, Singaporeans residing in, or travelling to the Middle East, particularly the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should remain vigilant, monitor local developments through the media and their local contacts, and observe measures recommended by local health authorities. Singaporeans may wish to note the health advisory (http://www.moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/home/pressRoom/pressRoomItemRelease/2014/additional-measure-for-early-detection-of-mers-cov.html) issued by the Singapore Ministry of Health (www.moh.gov.sg).
An extract of the latest advisory from MOH as of 16 May 2014 is appended below:
To reduce the risk of exposure to MERS - CoV, Singaporeans travelling to affected areas are advised to maintain vigilance and adopt the following health precautions when overseas:
• Observe good personal hygiene at all times;
• Practise frequent hand washing (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are soiled);
• Avoid close contact with persons suffering from acute respiratory infections (e.g. someone who is coughing);
• Avoid contact with camels and other live farm or wild animals, including not visiting camel farms. If contact has been made, thoroughly wash hands with soap;
• Adopt good food safety and hygiene practices and avoid consuming unpasteurised milk, undercooked meats, raw fruits and vegetables (unless they have been peeled), or unsafe water.
MOH has also advised frequent travellers to the Middle East and Umrah/Haj pilgrims to:
• Be vaccinated against influenza and meningitis. Persons aged 65 years and above or with chronic medical conditions should also get vaccinated against pneumococcal infections. While there is NO vaccination against MERS-CoV, vaccinations against influenza and pneumococcal infection will help prevent these common infections which have similar symptoms as MERS-CoV;
• Pilgrims with pre-existing chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, chronic heart and lung conditions) should consult a doctor before travelling to assess whether making the pilgrimage is medically advisable.