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VA Dept. Health (VDH) Monitoring "Several" Possible MERS Cases in Virginia
ABC 8 News ^ | Updated: May 21, 2014 2:35 PM EDT | By WRIC Newsroom - email

Posted on 05/21/2014 7:24:27 PM PDT by wtd

OT: VDH Monitoring "Several" Possible MERS Cases in Virginia

Virginia Department of Health officials are investigating, after "several" suspected cases of MERS appeared in Virginia.

VDH is monitoring "several" Virginia citizens who were on airplanes and came into contact with people who were sick with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), according to Dr. Laurie Forlano, Deputy State Epidemiologist with the Virginia Department of Health.

Although VDH officials are investigating, no cases of MERS have been confirmed in any part of the state.

So far, there have been three confirmed cases of MERS within the United States: one in Orlando, Florida, one in Illinois and the other in Indiana.

600 people have contracted the illness internationally; there have been 175 MERS-related deaths worldwide.

Symptoms of MERS include fever, coughing and shortness of breath; according to the Center for Disease Control, not all of those infected with the virus become ill.

There is no vaccine or cure for MERS at this time.

Stay with ABC 8news on air and online for updates to this developing story.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: mers

1 posted on 05/21/2014 7:24:27 PM PDT by wtd
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To: wtd

Were they shaking hands?


2 posted on 05/21/2014 7:25:53 PM PDT by LukeL
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To: wtd
Expert: MERS cases in U.S. likely to rise, S.C. prepared
Health officials still believe the risk to the general public remains low with 3 people testing positive here in the U.S. But as people gear up for a heavy travel season, Dr. Timothy West, Chief of Infection Prevention at Roper St. Francis Hospital, says the numbers will likely go up in the states. "I think the way its expanding right not in the Arabian peninsula I think we will see an increasing about of MERS in the U.S. and across the globe," West said.

3 posted on 05/21/2014 7:29:18 PM PDT by wtd
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To: LukeL

4 posted on 05/21/2014 7:34:16 PM PDT by wtd
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To: wtd

Should’ve bombed Mecca when we had the chance.


5 posted on 05/21/2014 7:39:14 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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To: wtd

HA....I have been refusing to shake hands for a year....people think I’m weird....but, geez...how better to spread colds, etc...


6 posted on 05/21/2014 7:43:46 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: wtd

The perils on camel humpin’.


7 posted on 05/21/2014 8:08:45 PM PDT by ohiobuckeye1997
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To: goodnesswins

Now we know why people wore white gloves in the summer, back in the day.


8 posted on 05/21/2014 8:36:33 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Ping!


9 posted on 05/21/2014 9:19:59 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: wtd; neverdem; ProtectOurFreedom; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; Global2010; ...
Bring Out Your Dead

Post to me or FReep mail to be on/off the Bring Out Your Dead ping list.

The purpose of the “Bring Out Your Dead” ping list (formerly the “Ebola” ping list) is very early warning of emerging pandemics, as such it has a high false positive rate.

So far the false positive rate is 100%.

At some point we may well have a high mortality pandemic, and likely as not the “Bring Out Your Dead” threads will miss the beginning entirely.

*sigh* Such is life, and death...

10 posted on 05/21/2014 9:25:50 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping!


11 posted on 05/22/2014 5:10:13 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: wtd

“I think the way its expanding right not in the Arabian peninsula I think we will see an increasing about of MERS in the U.S. and across the globe,” West said.

&&&
Huh? Who are the idiots who write this stuff?

I suspect the doc said “now” and not “not”. Should be “it’s” and not “its”. For “an increasing about” I am not sure, but I am thinking he may have said “bout” rather than “about”. Some commas would have helped, too.

I suppose that it ultimately translates to, “We’re all gonna die!”


12 posted on 05/22/2014 6:27:00 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Dallas59

+1


13 posted on 05/22/2014 6:27:22 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: wtd

“If a hand is soiled, and I touched your hand, then both of us would go away with that contamination

***
Thanks for posting those links. I hate handshaking. Yes, I know it is an important ritual for men, and I understand that it has ancient roots in trust for men.

But I am a woman who grew up in a time when handshaking was not something that women did. So I am most uncomfortable with it on that level and because of the concern about germs.


14 posted on 05/22/2014 6:31:34 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

Pretty sure the glove-wearing started before people even knew about bacteria.

BTW, I am a boomer woman, and I grew up with the tradition of wearing gloves as accessories to complete an outfit. As little girls, my sisters and I got white gloves with our Easter outfits, and my mother taught us all about the proper use and care of said gloves. I continued to wear gloves to church during high school, and, of course, no lady’s prom costume was complete without gloves.

The last time I wore gloves because I was not “dressed up” without them was probably to a wedding in the 1970s.


15 posted on 05/22/2014 6:38:00 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

Sorry, I did not mean to hijack this thread. I guess your comment triggered some memories for me.


16 posted on 05/22/2014 6:39:17 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Bigg Red

Ah, tradition. I love tradition. But then I love rituals, like tea and scones on a cool evening out on the porch.


17 posted on 05/22/2014 6:39:34 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: null and void

Thanks for the flag.


18 posted on 05/22/2014 6:39:56 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: MHGinTN

All humans need traditions and rituals, I think.


19 posted on 05/22/2014 6:41:36 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: wtd

We older people remember the story of Typhoid Mary, she was a carrier of it, infected many. Never had it herself.
http://history1900s.about.com/od/1900s/a/typhoidmary.htm


20 posted on 05/22/2014 7:00:57 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: wtd
I contacted one of my friendly TN State REPS, he said warnings have gone out to ALL TN hospitals on MERS. And these idiots are not taking it serious?

There are a lot of sick people in nursing homes, that have breathings issues, that MERS would be deadly to. DUMB AND DUMBER!

DO NOT TOUCH READING MATERIAL IN A DOCTORS OFFICE or Hospital, IT CONTAINS GERMS AND VIRUSES FROM THE LAST PERSON WHO USED IT, MANY LAST ON THE SURFACE FOR DAYS. DITTO GOES FOR WHERE YOU SET YOUR PURSE OR COMPUTER CASE. MOVE IF THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU IS COUGHING! They should be wearing a mask! And should be to to do so by the person behind the desk, and have them on hand to provide it.

21 posted on 05/22/2014 7:08:50 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

I have thought about wearing gloves!!!


22 posted on 05/22/2014 7:08:53 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: wtd

I love it when the doctor uses the same stethoscope from patient to patient, you would thing they’d invent germ/virus covers for it....germ/virus carrier deluxe. Same goes for the BP machine, especially if it is done by the same machine for all patients. Not room by room.


23 posted on 05/22/2014 7:13:54 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: Alamo-Girl

You’re Welcome, Alamo-Girl!


24 posted on 05/22/2014 9:06:41 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: wtd

Couldn’t find this under a quick search for MERS.
16 being monitored for MERS in Los Angeles (flew with Florida MERS patient)
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/05/22/16-being-monitored-in-la-county-for-possible-exposure-to-deadly-mers/


25 posted on 05/23/2014 6:04:02 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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