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Saudi Arabia Confirms 20 New Cases of Deadly MERS Virus
Time.com ^ | 4/20/14 | Nolan Feeney

Posted on 04/20/2014 9:40:01 PM PDT by Kartographer

Around 49 people have been infected in the past six days by the incurable Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, which has claimed 76 lives in Saudi Arabia. The country's Health Minister said he did not know the cause of the sudden rise in cases

Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry this weekend confirmed 20 new cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS. All told, the MERS virus has infected 244 people in Saudi Arabia, with 49 confirmed cases in the past six days alone.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mers; saudiarabia
"And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth." Revelation 6:8
1 posted on 04/20/2014 9:40:01 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


2 posted on 04/20/2014 9:40:46 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer; neverdem; ProtectOurFreedom; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; ...
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...

3 posted on 04/20/2014 9:53:55 PM PDT by null and void (...if you are too sure of your place in heaven you might be too arrogant to actually get there.)
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To: Kartographer

I opened the window, and in flew enza.

A child’s ditty from about 1915.


4 posted on 04/20/2014 9:54:08 PM PDT by Bobalu (Four Cokes And A Fried Chicken)
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To: Kartographer

I’d guess that MERS would be the least of the problems for a country where half the people are walking around with hooves, tails, horns and lop ears from marrying their own cousins and brothers and sisters....


5 posted on 04/20/2014 9:57:46 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: Kartographer

I’m sure Bill and Melinda are all giddy with the news. Reducing the surplus population and all that...


6 posted on 04/20/2014 10:07:49 PM PDT by Paulie (Buy local, bank local, exert your influence locally; the left will fold like a cheap suit.)
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To: Kartographer

MERS in Saudi Arabia, Ebola in Africa, some unknown flu-like illness in Colorado prisons... Glad I’m not the worrying kind. /sarc


7 posted on 04/20/2014 10:20:07 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Kartographer

The main carrier of MERS-CoV virus is in camel meat that was infected by bats. Saudi Arabia is a big consumer of camel meat.


8 posted on 04/21/2014 12:09:49 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...

Ping...


9 posted on 04/21/2014 1:29:47 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: Smokin' Joe
IIRC, MERS and SARS were similar viruses. If so, has someone been messing with missing virus bits?
10 posted on 04/21/2014 1:34:11 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: Kartographer

This is just the beginning.


11 posted on 04/21/2014 4:00:33 AM PDT by TruthInThoughtWordAndDeed (Yahuah Yahusha)
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To: null and void

Great. You put me on your Ping List and all h#ll breaks loose overnight, LOL!


12 posted on 04/21/2014 4:38:06 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Smokin' Joe

MERS and SARS are both coronaviruses.

Some common colds are also caused by coronaviruses.

Cats get a form of coronavirus that usually causes mild illness, but can mutate and become the deadly FIP virus.

Coronaviruses are common in many mammalian species.

MERS seems to have originated in camels, but we still know very little about it.


13 posted on 04/21/2014 4:53:58 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Oh, and I forgot to say in the previous post, thank you for the ping.


14 posted on 04/21/2014 4:54:48 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: exDemMom

You’re Welcome!


15 posted on 04/21/2014 5:02:33 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: jonrick46

...virus is in camel meat that was infected by bats....

**
4 realz?


16 posted on 04/21/2014 5:16:47 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: Bobalu

I remember my parents and mother-in-law singing that little ditty.

I also remember another joke by elderly widow women. She tells her neighbor “I had me a bed feller last night!”
Neighbor: “Who was it?”

Woman: Arthur Itis.


17 posted on 04/21/2014 6:39:07 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

In life, as in comedy, timing is everything!


18 posted on 04/21/2014 6:51:18 AM PDT by null and void (...if you are too sure of your place in heaven you might be too arrogant to actually get there.)
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To: null and void

am I on your ping list? if not, am eager to get on.


19 posted on 04/21/2014 7:02:07 AM PDT by jacquej ("It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.")
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To: jacquej

You are now!


20 posted on 04/21/2014 7:03:58 AM PDT by null and void (...if you are too sure of your place in heaven you might be too arrogant to actually get there.)
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To: Kartographer

incurable + Middle East = redundant

Checking to see if camel meat was on the grocery list this week. Nope.


21 posted on 04/21/2014 7:24:53 AM PDT by bgill
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To: null and void

Thank you, null!


22 posted on 04/21/2014 8:13:24 AM PDT by jacquej ("It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.")
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping!


23 posted on 04/21/2014 8:21:12 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: bgill

No camel with gravy?


24 posted on 04/21/2014 11:17:44 AM PDT by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: varmintman
"I’d guess that MERS would be the least of the problems for a country where half the people are walking around with hooves, tails, horns and lop ears from marrying their own cousins and brothers and sisters...."

I have similar thoughts. At least it's killing scum-bags that deserve it, Muslims.

25 posted on 04/21/2014 11:21:37 AM PDT by blam
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To: jonrick46

“...camel meat that was infected by bats.”

How do bats infect camel meat?


26 posted on 04/21/2014 1:41:11 PM PDT by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: Owl558

Bat droppings get on what the camel eats, causes the camel to get infected.


27 posted on 04/22/2014 12:53:11 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; null and void

You should threaten to report him to the Mods if he doesn’t take you off the list. Then everything will settle-down again.


28 posted on 04/22/2014 7:46:14 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

LOL!


29 posted on 04/22/2014 11:24:59 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Kartographer

just got an email about MERS in Greece and another
about Ebola in Italy. am *really* rushed so I
don’t have time to find a reputable source


30 posted on 04/24/2014 10:54:00 PM PDT by cycjec
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To: cycjec

my apologies. this was meant to be a Freepmail, and
to another. I missed the post on this. I’ve been
offline for 2-3 days. my apologies again


31 posted on 04/24/2014 10:57:29 PM PDT by cycjec
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To: Smokin' Joe; Kartographer; All
MERS has shown a sudden and dramatic spike in Saudi Arabia, particularly Jeddah.

The latest gene sequencing indicates no change in the virus, so presumably the spike in cases is due to some other cause.

HOWEVER, it appears the samples were from cases that predated the current spike. How the samples were collected is also in question, with the possibility that they were NOT from victims of the current spike in cases.

So... there is currently no medical confirmation of anything new with this virus, but that may not mean a lot.

But there is no denying the big unexplained spike in cases. Based on my lying eyes, something has changed. We just don't know what.
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If MERS has suddenly become significantly more transmissible, then we could easily have another SARS type situation on our hands.

Thus far it appears the known MERS cases outside Saudi Arabia are quarantined and the virus is not loose in the world at large.

IF the virus has become easily transmissible, and this new version gets loose outside Saudi Arabia (Egypt?), then it will be clear fairly soon. It is way too soon to push the panic button. But this is certainly something to keep an eye on.

32 posted on 04/27/2014 10:17:30 AM PDT by EternalHope (Something wicked this way comes. Be ready.)
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