In this Tuesday May, 13, 2014 file photo, Muslim pilgrims wear surgical masks to help prevent infection from a respiratory virus known as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. AP Photo/Hasan Jamali
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Muslims pilgrims from around the world are pouring into the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, undeterred by the spread of the MERS virus which has killed 284 people in the kingdom.Tunisian pilgrim, Safia Bin Mohammed shrugged off the fears of MERS.All of those cases relate to people who became ill while in the Middle East, with some involving pilgrims traveling to the Muslim holy sites in western Saudi Arabia.Last year, 5 million pilgrims visited the kingdom for umrah and hajj. This year, the number of umrah pilgrims has reached 4.8 million since the start of the lunar Muslim calendar in October, according to official statistics. Saudi Arabia's Hajj Ministry has not yet taken any special measures related to MERS.MERS has now killed 284 people out of 691 infected in Saudi Arabia since it first appeared.
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