Kissin’ Camels

Saudi farmers have taken to kissing camels.

MERS is very scary. This week, while avoiding the term global health emergency, the World Health Organisation announced that the deadly viral infection was both serious and urgent. So far, there have been 571 confirmed cases of MERS; 171 of those people died from the disease.

There’s one place, however, where the mood about MERS isn’t scaring everyone. It’s also the place where the infection was first reported in 2012 and where almost 500 recorded cases have been found so far: Saudi Arabia.

And the scepticism about the virus has taken a strange turn in Saudi Arabia, where people have begun kissing camels in response to MERS.

“Do sneeze in my face,” the farmer says in a video clip, according to a translation from Gulf News. “They claim camels carry the coronavirus,” he continues in the video, which has been watched over 11,000 times.

On Twitter, photographs of men kissing and stroking their camels have been accompanied with comments disparaging MERS:




I’m thinking this is just a smokescreen for Saudi men to express their true feelings.

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18 May 2014 at 6:05pm
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  • unpluggged

    They aren’t only kissing camels…

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Yes, they’d walk a mile for a camel. Also for a sheep, a goat, etc.

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  • walt kovacs

    fine by me

    let them all get infected, die and make the world a better place

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