You’ll get my camel when you pry its lips from my cold, dead MERS-infected mouth.
Saudi Arabia’s government issued a public health warning last week asking people to wear face masks and gloves around camels in order to halt the deadly surge in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases.
International health experts believe camels are behind the spiraling infection rate of the disease, which has killed over 100 people in Saudi Arabia since it was discovered in the kingdom in 2012, according to NBC News.
But The Independent reports that the role of camels in the spread of the illness had been largely absent from debates inside Saudi Arabia.
With a strong historical attachment to their animals due to the kingdom’s nomadic past, some Saudi citizens have expressed disbelief and are posting photos of themselves on social media in very close contact with their camels.