Hajj pilgrimage unlikely to spark pandemic, experts say

10/13/2013 | NBC News

Public health officials say the hajj pilgrimage, which takes place this week in Saudi Arabia and draws millions of people from around the world, is unlikely to lead to a Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus pandemic because the virus has not demonstrated the ability to be readily transmitted between people. Of the 136 people who have contracted the virus so far, 58 have died. Some of the infections have apparently passed between humans, but the majority were likely from an animal source.

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