File - People ride camels during a march to mark Saudi Arabia's National Day near the Saudi city of Duba in this September 25, 2013. (REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hwaity)
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Saudi Arabia said people handling camels should wear masks and gloves to prevent spreading Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), issuing such a warning for the first time as cases in the kingdom of the potentially fatal virus neared 500 .Health experts say camels are the most likely animal reservoir for the disease, which the Saudi health ministry reported late on Saturday that seven more people had caught. The statement urged people to report symptoms of MERS in camels immediately.Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry had avoided linking MERS with camels until a news conference late last month.
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