I read this one on U.S. News & World Report and I said to myself. “No effing way.” When the World Health Organization has to issue a statement you think two things: “Man, that sounds important” and “This is probably good advice”. Today, for the first time, I thought to myself “and this is why we can’t have nice things.” Outbreaks of a virus called “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus” or MERS has been popping up in South Korea and China recently. We’re not talking a “Contagion” or “Dawn Of The Dead” level of spreading here, but WHO does like to keep things like this under control. According to VICE, drinking camel urine is a way of curing ailments on the Arabian Peninsula. They believe that camel milk and urine are capable of fighting even cancer! Other times, it is used as a shampoo.
WHO decided to come out with the current MERS update with a little bit of advice:
“General hygiene measures, such as regular hand washing before and after touching animals and avoiding contact with sick animals, should be adhered to. Food hygiene practices should be observed. People should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating meat that has not been properly cooked.”
I know, I know. It may be hard to resist the temptation. That knee might be flaring up or you might be feeling under the weather. But think of the alternative. MERS is probably worse than whatever you got going on right now.
Here’s how we got to this point: