The World Health Organization is stepping up its warnings about contact with camels, urging people to avoid some camel products because they may pose a risk for contracting the MERS virus.

The WHO says people who are at high risk of severe illness if they catch MERS should not have contact with camels, should only consume well-cooked camel meat and pasteurized camel milk and should not drink camel urine, believed by some to have medicinal qualities.

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