Skip to comments.Third case of MERS confirmed in Illinois resident
Posted on 05/17/2014 2:54:53 PM PDT by wtd
NY Daily News: Third case of MERS confirmed in Illinois resident
The unnamed resident tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome after having contact with the first patient in Indiana, who contracted the virus while traveling in Saudi Arabia. The second case was reported in Florida, but is not linked to the other two
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***** The first two cases of MERS involved health care workers who contracted the disease while in Saudi Arabia. Both also reportedly were in the US visiting family. Both used commercial modes of transit, potentially exposing many travelers. Given the reported incubation period . . .the next several days may become very interesting.
Now this isn’t good at all. Secondary transmission confirmed.
“The unnamed man reports good health after having close contact with the first patient on two occasions in Indiana, but did not seek medical attention following the discovery.
I wonder how many people this lamebrain infected since he decided not to seek medical attention.
No no no. No connection whatever. Don't you dare think that. Don't you dare say that.
Is MERS going to be the next 9/11?
Not good.......not good at all.
"Health officials now must track down fellow travelers who were around the newest case, and this time it will be more challenging: There were more flights involved.
He traveled on May 1 on flights
- from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,
- first to London,
- then to Boston,
- then to Atlanta,
- and finally to Orlando.
He went to a hospital on May 8 and was placed in isolation. . .
- As early as the first flight, the latest case was suffering fever, chills and a slight cough *****vs.***** YahooNews May 16th"It took the patient more than a week before he sought help in an emergency department in Orlando, Florida. Once he arrived, he waited nearly 12 hours in the ER before staff recognized a MERS link and placed him in an isolation room. The patient DID NOT HAVE SIGNS OF a respiratory infection, NOT EVEN A COUGH.[ID:nL1N0O002W]"
- Note discrepancy
****fever, chills, slight cough on first flight vs. no signs of respiratory infection, not even a cough.*****
Who to believe?
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Scientists leading the fight against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome say the next critical front will be understanding how the virus behaves in people with milder infections, who may be spreading the illness without being aware they have it.
Establishing that may be critical to stopping the spread of MERS, which emerged in the Middle East in 2012 and has so far infected more than 500 patients in Saudi Arabia alone. It kills about 30 percent of those who are infected.
There may be “superspreaders”, like SARS.
Note: MERS involves both respiratory difficulties as well as gastric distress (vomit & diarrhea). There are certain cultures that either are not familiar with Western toilets, or manage to enforce dhimmitude to accomodate their preferences.
Over the last decade or so of reading of the cultural impact to Western nations,. . .toileting habits/preferences is just one of the unsavory & disturbing issues.
There are prior reports about the condition of local toilets because certain cultures would wash their feet in public restroom sinks . . .as well as stand on the toilet seat to squat to defecate/urinate.
Now consider the impact MERS adds to this mess.
Recall the second patient spent 4-8 hours in the hospital waiting area. As a health care worker, MERS was not suspected for the first 4 hours. MERS symptoms would have made it necessary to be near a public restroom while he was waiting -- how many MERS victims will be sharing public restrooms prior to diagnosis and medical isolation?
second case (indiana fellow) also took multiple modes of transportation to Munster Indiana (suburb of Chicago area). Patient number one left from Jeddah, Saudi. Patient number two left from Riyadh, Saudi.
(patient two) left Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on April 24 and took two planes and a bus to travel back to Indiana via London and Chicago.
Quarantine Saudi Arabia.
This patient in Florida potentially infected 20 other hospital workers who are all in quarantine for 14 days...
I think two are known to be infected...
Did you see this...
Silently among us: Scientists worry about milder cases of MERS
It is becoming increasingly clear that people can be infected with MERS without developing severe respiratory disease, said Dr David Swerdlow, who heads the MERS response team at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“You don’t have to be in the intensive care unit with pneumonia to have a case of MERS,” Swerdlow told Reuters. “We assume they are less infectious (to others), but we don’t know.”
“Asymptomatic carriers of diseases can represent a major route for a pathogen to spread,” said Dr Amesh Adalja of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
“Just think of Typhoid Mary,” he said
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...
Yes, I saw that . . .see post #8
The MERS victims should be convinced by whatever means to go to Washington D.C. and meet with as many Senators, Congressmen and “Executives” as they can. Coughing and sneezing while visiting is to be encouraged. Amnesty granters should receive the consequences of their stupidity. They visited evils on us with their “let everybody in” now let them suffer. I no longer feel pity!
TORONTOA doctor who travelled to Canada after having contact with Floridas first MERS patient has tested negative for the virus, the Public Health Agency of Canada said yesterday. The unidentified man is being asked to stay in the country for several more days until officials feel confident he isnt infected with Middle East respiratory syndrome virus and that it is safe for him to travel.
It can take as long as 14-16 days to develop MERS disease and the negative testwhile a good signis not clear-cut proof he isnt coming down with the infection.
Thanks for the update...
The real question that needs to be asked is why Obama has not mentioned this, nor has he put any travel restrictions on Mid east MERS infected countries as far as entering the US.
Once again, he isn’t doing his job. I say it is because he wants Americans to contract the virus.