WHO Warns of Deadly Camel Flu At FIFA World Cup

The WHO has warned 1.2 million football enthusiasts gathered in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022 of a possible Camel Flu outbreak, considered to be a deadlier cousin of COVID-19.

Over 1.2 million football lovers have gathered in Qatar to enjoy the FIFA World Cup matches. The world cup will last for 4 weeks and 16 teams competing with each other for the coveted trophy. Now the WHO has issued a warning saying that since so many people have gathered there is a huge risk of Camel Flu infection spreading. This is a big risk to the players, teams, fans, and locals. Camel flu is a contagious and dangerous respiratory condition that is transmitted because of close contact with an infected person. The first case of camel flu was reported in Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Korea. It is also known as the Middle East Respiratory System or MERS. 

In many cases, according to health experts, MERS may not cause any symptoms, however, some signs can be seen within 1-2 weeks after being infected by the virus. The common symptoms of MERS, which can prove to be fatal if not treated well in time, are: 

  • High fever

  • Chills

  • Coughing and sore throat

  • Runny nose and cold

  • Breathlessness

  • Muscle and joints pain

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Diarrhea in some cases

In some cases, MERS or camel flu can cause very serious problems, in older adults, those with weak immunity, and those suffering from illnesses like diabetes, cancer, or any lung disease. The WHO says at present there is no medicine to cure MERS, however, treatment is done to help support your body while it fights the disease.