(CTN NEWS) – Experts supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) have cautioned that the FIFA World Cup attracts a sizable number of visitors worldwide.
It may also draw several viruses like coronavirus, monkeypox, and a deadlier member of the Covid gang known as “camel flu” or Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
The enormous throng ‘unavoidably creates possible infectious disease hazards’ for the players, the supporters, the locals, and the nations where the squad is from.
According to the study, fans were in danger of catching additional illnesses: cutaneous leishmaniasis, malaria, dengue, rabies, measles, hepatitis A and B, and traveller’s diarrhea.
The WHO recently identified MERS as one of the viruses that could one day cause a pandemic.
Around 1.2 million spectators from all around the world will travel to Qatar to see the quadrennial football competition, one of the biggest global events since the COVID-19 outbreak.
The number of 2.8 million people living in the Gulf nation will increase.
Even though Qatar’s health system has been prepared for such a scenario, the paper emphasizes the significance of continued disease surveillance and research.
The statement read, “To minimize the risks mentioned above, tournament goers should be up-to-date on routine immunizations and adhere to the recommendations for a healthy diet and beverage intake.”
As camels are suspected to be the cause of the lethal illness, travellers to Qatar for the World Cup have also been advised to avoid coming into touch with them.
MERS was first identified in 2012 in Saudi Arabia, which borders Qatar, and has since led to 2,600 cases and 935 fatalities in 27 different countries, according to an article on the UK-based scientific website IFLScience.
Those with comorbidities are more likely to acquire severe infections, even though most MERS infections are expected to be asymptomatic or only cause moderate symptoms like fever, dyspnea, and coughing.
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