Mideast petrochemical business activities unaffected by MERS

16 May 2014 09:32  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is not affecting petrochemical business activity in the region, but companies are prepared to take contingency measures should the coronavirus spread further, industry sources said on Friday.

“Business is proceeding as usual. Nobody is overly worried by MERS and work is progressing well. Companies are prepared to do all they can to protect their staff,” a United Arab Emirate (UAE)-based source said.

MERS, a disease with a close to 30% death rate, can spread through close contact with an infected individual.

Symptoms of MERS include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 

Despite the threat of contracting the coronavirus, Middle East executives are continuing with their travel plans within the region, as per normal.

“Nobody is cancelling their travel plans because of MERS,” according to a source close to a Saudi petrochemical producer.

By: Muhamad Fadhil
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