Virus scare in Qatar: FIFA World Cup 2022 fans at risk of Camel flu infection
The FIFA World Cup 2022, one of the biggest global events since the COVID-19 pandemic, will bring about 1.2 million spectators from all over the world to Qatar. The “Camel Flu” may now be a risk for football fans in Qatar, according to experts.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 may attract Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), also known as camel flu, which has the potential to be more deadly than COVID-19, according to specialists backed by the WHO. 2012 saw the disease’s initial discovery in Saudi Arabia.
Shortness of breath, coughing, and fever are typical MERS symptoms. Patients with MERS may not necessarily get pneumonia, despite the condition being frequent. In MERS patients, diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal symptoms have also been reported. A staggering 35% of people who contract the disease die from it.
The zoonotic nature of the camel flu virus makes it potentially contagious to both people and animals. According to studies, direct or indirect contact with an infected person can cause human illness. Additionally, camels, which are thought to be the source of the deadly infection, have been advised not to be touched by visitors to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022. In Qatar, travel agencies are still promoting camel rides and safari trips.
According to research, the large crowd at the FIFA World Cup 2022 unavoidably increases the risk of infectious diseases for the players, the fans, the locals, and the countries from which the team is composed. The WHO does not recommend implementing any trade, travel, or entrance screening measures related to MERS-CoV. The WHO recently identified MERS as one of the viruses that could one day cause a pandemic.
Qatar’s health system has been prepared for such a scenario, but the study emphasises the value of ongoing surveillance and investigation into the spread of diseases. It advised attendees to adhere to the rules for consuming safe food and beverages and to be current on their routine vaccinations in order to minimise risks.