Skip to comments.Foreign doctors, nurses in Saudi Arabia could take MERS global
Posted on 05/18/2014 7:24:57 AM PDT by wtd
Reuters) - The biggest risk that Middle East Respiratory Syndrome will become a global epidemic, ironically, may lie with globe-trotting healthcare workers.
From Houston to Manila, doctors and nurses are recruited for lucrative postings in Saudi Arabia, where MERS was first identified in 2012. Because the kingdom has stepped up hiring of foreign healthcare professionals in the last few years, disease experts said, there is a good chance the MERS virus will hitch a ride on workers as they return home.
"This is how MERS might spread around the world," said infectious disease expert Dr Amesh Adalja of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre.
(Excerpt) Read more at uk.reuters.com ...
camels are well known to be carriers of MERS
read article about Saudis kissing their cam.els to prove
that “it ain’t so” Sorry, never had that experience, and don’t think I will. YIKES
Medical people returning from Saudi Arabia should have to wear masks on planes and should be quarantined for 2 weeks upon return.
It's worse than that - they actually drink camel urine.
They also wash their hair in it.
Then they come to America.
Saudi Boy Drinking Fresh Camel Urine
(Click for video)
Camel Urine Drinking In Islam
(Click for video)
Anas said, "Some people of 'Ukl or 'Uraina tribe came to Medina and its climate did not suit them. So the Prophet ordered them to go to the herd of (Milch) camels and to drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). So they went as directed and after they became healthy, they killed the shepherd of the Prophet and drove away all the camels.
(Book #4, Hadith #234)
Most human epidemic diseases evolved from animal diseases, usually of domestic animals.
Smallpox, for example, evolved from cowpox, which is why cowpox was usable eventually for vaccination by Jenner.
Thanks for that link. I was unaware that MERS had actually transmitted in the US.
At least the third patient did not exhibit symptoms. It is a good sign—if secondary cases are asymptomatic, it could mean that gaining transmissibility causes loss of pathogenicity. I hope that’s the case, anyway.
Reminds me of the story about the Foreign Legion Officer, his need for a little sexual relief and the camel. You guys know the one I mean.
Every time I read a thread, I get so very sad.
Well, whaddya know: Diseases Without Borders.
Please tell us gals what you mean!
We’re dying to know/sarc.
No need to curtail air travel nor quarantine at points of entry, beaurocrats with "your" best interests at heart have said so.