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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is considering issuing a travel advisory for visitors to and from 26 countries.
Why? As a preventative measure against the spread of MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
After three years of a steady stream of cases in Middle Eastern countries, there has recently been an explosion of MERS cases in South Korea. Now there's a case in Thailand.
Considering the high volume of tourist traffic between India and Thailand, and with the Hajj pilgrimage approaching in mid-September, it makes sense to be vigilant about MERS.
More than 1,36,000 Indians are expected to make the pilgrimage to Mecca this year, and Thailand registered 9,46,269 Indian tourists last year. Any one of these visitors could be a potential carrier of MERS to India.
The MERS flare-up in South Korea was sparked by one man who visited four Middle Eastern countries in two weeks. That led to 172 cases and 27 deaths.
A similar transmission could spell trouble for India.
Here's what you need to know about the disease:
What is MERS?
What causes it?
Why am I hearing about it now?
If it's a 'Middle East' virus, why is it exploding all the way in Korea?
Is MERS anything like SARS?