Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is rearing its head again in Saudi Arabia and it has left some health officials and scientists scratching their heads.
According to Pat Dollard the answer should be as simple as adding two plus two.
Drinking camel urine is quite common in Saudi Arabia.
There are videos galore of Saudis doing it. As for why western health officials may be loathe to connect dots between the MERS virus making it to humans from camels, it very well could be political.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a coronavirus like SARS, which killed hundreds of people after first appearing in 2002. MERS virus symptoms have been detected in 438 people in Saudia Arabia alone, and about one third of them have died so far.
In response to the deadly threat, World Health Organization (WHO) officials have asked people to wear protective gloves and to thoroughly cook camel meat and boil camel milk.
But with many visitors expected to visit the nation in July for Ramadan, the risk of contracting the MERS virus is considered to be a public threat.
Drinking camel urine is based upon a verse in the Hadith, one of the Muslim holy books that complement the Koran. The section reads in English:
“Some people of ‘Ukl or ‘Uraina tribe came to Medina and its climate did not suit them. So the Prophet ordered them to go to the herd of (Milch) camels and to drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). So they went as directed and after they became healthy…”
Because of this verse, the Muslim tradition for camel’s milk includes mixing in camel urine.
But due to the prescribed healthy benefits some Islamic nations will sell products that include camel urine, including facial cream, aphrodisiacs, hair oils, and other cosmetics.
Anas b. Malik reported that some people belonging of ‘Uraina came to Allah’s Messenger at Medina, but they found its climate uncongenial.
So Allah’s Messenger said to them: If you so like, you may go to the camels of Sadaqa and drink their milk and urine. They did so and were all right.
It appears Muhammed believed camel urine had medicinal value and prescribed it to cure the men’s illness.
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