Skip to comments.MERS spreads to Italy, kills 3 more in Saudi Arabia
Posted on 06/02/2013 8:20:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin
The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) continues to spread.
Health officials in Saudi Arabia have confirmed that three more people had died from the virus, ABC News reported. At least 38 cases have been reported in the country, and 24 of them have been fatal.
Little is known about the rapidly-spreading viral respiratory illness, which first appeared in 2012. Before the recent Saudi cases, WHO was notified of at least 50 people instances of MERS, 30 of which were fatal.
In addition to the recent one in Italy, clusters have been confirmed in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, France, Tunisia and the United Kingdom.
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This is what “open borders” is all about. It makes it easier to spread disease around the world. More people die. A reduction in global population. Sounds like the perfect commie plan.
I've seen better odds.
I suspect that the germ which causes this infects a lot more people than just those who show the severe symptoms.
The young nephew of our neighbor (and the neighbor is our childrens' Godmother and we know her well) is still in hospital, just transferred from intensive care. He has lost function of an eye and an arm and has other problems. We don't know if function is expected to return. He collapsed one day at home more or less out of the blue and was airlifted to a hospital about 150 miles away. It was reported to us early on that the infection was a "cold" virus. Cornavirus account for a significant portion of ordinary colds, along with rhinovirus. Neither, however, normally result in problems anything like this child has experienced and generally not much beyond the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. So this is a real mystery. We are in the northwestern U.S. and no one involved has traveled to any of the countries where MERS has been reported. We don't know what it is or whether any similar cases have been reported.
I'm sure the family would be appreciative of prayers.
Prayer ping to #5 (thanks).
Prayers for the young man, and the family.
Prayers for your neighbor’s nephew. May the Great Physician provide wisdom to his doctors, and healing and a complete recovery.
Prayers for the little guy.
It could have been transfered from a food handler when he got a Happy Meal or passing someone in a store or from a playmate who had a mild case of whatever it is. I’m betting, what with the severity, they are just saying a vague “cold virus” so people in the area don’t go into full blown panic. I’d also be curious if these new bugs aren’t mutations but man made.
24 deaths out of 38 reported is over 60% mortality rate!
and we are not being given all the facts about the number of people affected, age/sex/prior health conditions, etc
Two different strains if potential pandemic flu approaching us from east (H7N9 bird flu) and west (MERS), one H7N9 (30% fatal and potentially exacerbated in people who ever got vaccination against H1N1 flu in the past
and look at the govt we have to trust to tell us the truth the other, MERS 60% fatal, with no known treatment
That is funny!