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MOFA warns visitors to U.K. of measles outbreak
Central News Agency
2013-05-04 04:24 PM
Taipei, May 4 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has warned people planning to travel to the United Kingdom to be on the alert in the face of a measles outbreak there. The ministry said the U.K. media has reported that hospitals have reported more than 800 cases, with one fatality.

The ministry said the outbreak was mainly in Wales, with 448 cases, northern England, with 354 cases and London, with 67 cases.

The U.K. government has urged 1 million schoolchildren to get vaccinated.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) under the Department of Health has been notified by the World Health Organization that Saudi Arabia has confirmed seven novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases, with five fatalities and two others in critical condition.

The CDC issued a Level 1 (watch) travel notice, which advises travelers to follow the usual health precautions for 14 countries in the Middle East -- Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates. The MOFA urged anyone traveling to the Middle East to read CDC news on nCoV or to call a special 1922 hotline for more information.

(By Angela Tsai and Lilian Wu)

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