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World Health Organization warns people not to drink camel urine after deadly disease spreads

By Mason White 9:13 AM June 10, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned people to refrain from drinking camel urine after 7 people in South Korea died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

MERS was first detected in Saudi Arabia 3 years ago.

Health officials in Seoul, confirmed the death of a 68-year-old woman who had pre-existing heart disease. She died on Tuesday.

There have been 95 confirmed cases of MERS, and 2,500 people are currently in quarantine.

MERS can affect people and animals, and some doctors believe that the disease started in animals before making the jump to humans.

A man who is in a stable condition in an isolation ward after testing positive for MERS, told WHO that he has barn with camels, and has frequent contact with them.

WHO advises people with diabetes, renal failure and chronic pulmonary disease to avoid close contact with animals, especially camels, and wash hands after contact with animals.

People should avoid eating raw camel milk or camel urine, or eat meat that has not been properly prepared, WHO warned. Symptoms of MERS, include fever, coughing and breathing difficulties.