Camel flu threat looms large over FIFA World Cup 2022. This information has been given by the experts themselves. Experts backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) have warned that the FIFA World Cup - which attracts a major global population - could also attract a host of infections such as the coronavirus, monkeypox, and camel flu (MERS). According to a study published in the journal New Microbes and New Infections, scientists found that football fans from around the world are flocking to Qatar to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In such a situation, a huge crowd of people can pose a risk of infectious disease to the players, fans, and local people.
Other diseases that could put people at risk include vector-borne diseases such as cutaneous leishmaniasis, malaria, dengue, rabies, measles, hepatitis A and B, and traveler's diarrhea, according to the study. Recently, the WHO has identified MERS as one of the viruses that can cause pandemics in the future. Around 1.2 million people from around the world will come to Qatar to watch the football event, which is one of the biggest international events since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The case was first revealed in Saudi Arabia
World Cup fans traveling to Qatar have also been advised to avoid touching camels, which are believed to be the source of the deadly infection. According to an article by UK-based science website IFLScience, MERS was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia, which borders Qatar, and has since been reported in 27 different countries with 2,600 cases with 935 related deaths. have come.
While most MERS infections are said to be asymptomatic or cause mild symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, and cough, severe infections can occur in people with co-morbidities.