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The Deadly Virus MERS Has Arrived In The US — Here's What You Need To Know
BI ^ | 5-18-2014 | Lauren F Friedman

Posted on 05/18/2014 9:55:36 AM PDT by blam

Lauren F Friedman
May 16, 2014, 1:01 PM

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), an often deadly respiratory illness that's related to the infamous SARS, first emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012. (Scientists believe it jumped from camels.) But since March 2014, there's been a sharp rise in the number of cases, including two recently diagnosed MERS patients in the United States.

"With more deaths in a single month than in the previous two years combined, no one is certain how people become infected," notes Marjorie P. Pollack, of ProMED-mail, and the virus has no vaccine or cure.

Here's what you should know about MERS — and why people around the world are watching it so closely.

There have been a minimum of 536 MERS cases and 145 deaths. That doesn't seem like a lot, but the vast majority have been reported since April:

mers chart cdc

The numbers reported on the more frequently updated MERS Corona Map are 594 infections and 178 deaths, though not all of those have been confirmed by international health organizations. The largest cluster of cases by far is in Saudi Arabia, with another large cluster in the United Arab Emirates.

MERS is spreading from its hub in the Arabian Peninsula.

mers world map cdc

The presence of MERS has now been confirmed in Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom, Tunisia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Just recently, the Netherlands and the United States joined this unfortunately growing list.

The CDC is taking note of the major points of entry for travelers coming from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates:

mers points of entry map cdc CDC/BioMosaic

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(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mers; middleeast; sickness; virus

1 posted on 05/18/2014 9:55:36 AM PDT by blam
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To: SmokingJoe; wtd

MERS Updates: 2 Orlando Health Care Workers Who Treated MERS Patients Now Have Symptoms

2 posted on 05/18/2014 9:58:42 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

It looks like Americans are going to have two choices. Be taken out by an ObamaCare/VA death panel or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.


3 posted on 05/18/2014 10:01:41 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: blam

Extremely Deadly Virus will Come from the Muslim World
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3154827/posts

Saudi Arabia warns of MERS risk from camels as cases rise
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3154697/posts

Saudi Arabia: Farmers flout Mers warning by kissing camels
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3155586/posts


4 posted on 05/18/2014 10:01:47 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: blam
( Scientists believe Muslims jumped on camels )

5 posted on 05/18/2014 10:02:18 AM PDT by devolve (-Tell VLADIMER after my ERECTION I have more 90% more FLEXIBILITY - pre-1899 Colt SAA frames needed)
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To: blam

Great...Dallas is boned.


6 posted on 05/18/2014 10:04:38 AM 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: Jack Hydrazine

I can’t seem to find (unless it was at the freeper links) if the virus is like a bad flu or what. Do people die of it inevitably? Or just old and sick? Wonder.


7 posted on 05/18/2014 10:05:35 AM PDT by hulagirl (Mother Theresa was right)
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To: Kartographer

MERS ping.


8 posted on 05/18/2014 10:05:50 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Dallas59

So is Houston :(


9 posted on 05/18/2014 10:06:09 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: wtd
MERS Updates: 2 Orlando Health Care Workers Who Treated MERS Patients Now Have Symptoms

Just found this:

2 hospital workers test negative for MERS virus, more tests underway

10 posted on 05/18/2014 10:06:12 AM PDT by blam
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To: Dallas59
Unfortunately, so is everyone else. The guy who starts getting sick while in Dallas for a conference for a week comes into contact with a lot of people in airports and hotels who then head off to the four corners of the country.
11 posted on 05/18/2014 10:14:22 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: hulagirl

If it’s like the Spanish Flu the highest mortality was among young and somewhat older adults who had strong immune systems. Those that died drowned or suffocated due to a cytokine storm. Their immune system over reacted to the influenza virus. The young and the elderly without strong immune systems had a lower mortality rate.


12 posted on 05/18/2014 10:16:18 AM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: blam

No need to drink camel p*ss to get MER, when an Arab will do it for you.


13 posted on 05/18/2014 10:16:32 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: hulagirl

Q: What are the symptoms of MERS?
A: Most people who got infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About 30% of them died. Some people were reported as having a mild respiratory illness. More about Symptoms & Complications.

http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/MERS/faq.html


14 posted on 05/18/2014 10:17:19 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: blam

BookMark


15 posted on 05/18/2014 10:18:15 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: hulagirl

Here is an FAQ from the CDC about MERS.
http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/faq.html

Q: What are the symptoms of MERS?

A: Most people who got infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About 30% of them died. Some people were reported as having a mild respiratory illness.

More about Symptoms & Complications.
http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/MERS/about/symptoms.html


16 posted on 05/18/2014 10:22:37 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East_respiratory_syndrome_coronavirus


17 posted on 05/18/2014 10:23:36 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: blam
I suppose quaranteening returning healthcare workers for 2 weeks is too much to ask...
18 posted on 05/18/2014 10:24:33 AM PDT by Raebie
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To: blam

Eat more vitamin C. I don’t get the flu or colds anymore because I take 2,000 - 3,000mg of it a day.


19 posted on 05/18/2014 10:25:30 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Cicero
Hello Sailor. camel beauty contest photo: Beauty suweihan_1.jpg
20 posted on 05/18/2014 10:25:47 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: riri

The will of Allah../s


21 posted on 05/18/2014 10:26:23 AM 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: blam
I was on the Arabian peninsula (the UAE and Oman) just a couple of months ago.While there I had brief contact with a couple of camels (careful,boys and girls,no scurrilous remarks).However,I feel fine so I strongly suspect that I'll be OK.

And BTW...that contact with camels came during a "desert safari"...a popular attraction for many Western tourists while there.

22 posted on 05/18/2014 10:31:30 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Raebie

And where exactly would you do that?


23 posted on 05/18/2014 10:37:53 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: blam

If they did find out the virus was caused or originated from Islamists screwing their goats or camels, do you think the media would “protect all things Muslim” and LIE about the cause of the disease?


24 posted on 05/18/2014 10:51:16 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Blue Highway

Think the way they handled AIDS in the 80’s. That would be the media line.


25 posted on 05/18/2014 10:52:55 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: blam

They are going to need a bigger dot.


26 posted on 05/18/2014 10:58:02 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Kozak

Preferably somewhere in the country they’ve been working before they get on a plane.

Easily accomplished by utilizing a hotel near an airport.


27 posted on 05/18/2014 11:00:07 AM PDT by Raebie
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To: Jane Long; appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!

Hat-tip to Jane Long for the heads-up!


28 posted on 05/18/2014 11:00:58 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Raebie

So during that 2 weeks does the healthcare worker get quarenteened ?
Just health care workers?
What about everyone else?
How are they going to know it Is a health care worker? Maybe they aren’t willing to sit on their thumbs for 2 weeks and don’t give their occupation?


29 posted on 05/18/2014 11:25:29 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
"Eat more vitamin C. I don’t get the flu or colds anymore because I take 2,000 - 3,000mg of it a day."

I get better results with the Antibiotic Vitamin.

I take 10,000 IU of vitamin D daily....sick once (this winter) in 8 years.

30 posted on 05/18/2014 11:29:48 AM PDT by blam
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To: Kozak

As the article states, healthcare workers are at the greatest risk for infection, so it makes sense to start with them.

If this gets worse and really starts spreading here, quaranteen before return should be a condition of employment. They already sign contracts.


31 posted on 05/18/2014 11:30:25 AM PDT by Raebie
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To: blam
Somehow MERS crossed from camels to humans.

Somehow.....

Did you know that the Arabs actually drink camel urine?

They also wash their hair in it.

Then they come to America.

Saudi Boy Drinking Fresh Camel Urine
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Camel Urine Drinking In Islam
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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)

Saudi Woman Drawing A Fresh Steaming Cup


32 posted on 05/18/2014 11:37:02 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The “fourth estate”has morphed into a 5th column)
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To: Raebie; Jane Long
"I suppose quaranteening returning healthcare workers for 2 weeks is too much to ask... "

I think a bigger problem will be when it is realized that JIHAD can be advanced against America by 'suicide virus carriers' streaming into the USA.

Jane, a bigger dot(S) indeed.

33 posted on 05/18/2014 11:40:11 AM PDT by blam
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To: Raebie

Just pointing out it’s not as simple as you think.


34 posted on 05/18/2014 11:43:33 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: blam

Thanks for the update.
The like you posted finally mentions the MERS patient’s family is being tested. After all, reports of his infection state he arrived in the US ‘to visit with family’. Call me overly cautious, but I’d like to read some confirmation that he indeed was directly related to these ‘family’ members ... not just an opportunist with nefarious intentions visiting some distant ‘cousin of the nth degree’ who just happens to share ideological devotion.


35 posted on 05/18/2014 12:05:03 PM PDT by wtd
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To: Kozak

I don’t think it’s simple. I just don’t think it’s that hard either.


36 posted on 05/18/2014 12:05:37 PM PDT by Raebie
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To: Iron Munro

Yuck ~ that pic is disgusting.

Didn’t we recently read that camel milk is being used to treat autism?


37 posted on 05/18/2014 12:17:12 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Kozak
Silently among us: Scientists worry about milder cases of MERS
38 posted on 05/18/2014 12:20:00 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Solution: Route all US-bound flights from the Arabian Peninsula to DC.

...


39 posted on 05/18/2014 12:30:56 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: blam

Bump. Watching the U.S. come completely unglued due to stupid decisions or lack of decision at all.


40 posted on 05/18/2014 12:36:25 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Right on re the vitamin C. See my post #41, this thread.


41 posted on 05/18/2014 12:53:28 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: Kozak; Raebie

I think a tent city on the grounds of 1600 PA Ave would be the proper place to quarantine them. And Moosechell could serve ‘em tea a d crumpets every afternoon.


42 posted on 05/18/2014 12:58:48 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

Seems the U.s. Has two forms of mers infection now, the first one which destroyed the trust of Americans ability to own clear titles to their property.

I take vit c too & betaglucan at first sign of illness. . As to cytokine floods is there documentation that they’re associated with this virus?


43 posted on 05/19/2014 5:41:13 AM PDT by mitzirenee
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To: hulagirl

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262538.php

lots of info


44 posted on 05/19/2014 6:26:40 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: Raebie

Hospitals, doctors offices are the first place besides school viruses spread, then you can add ships into the mix. I don’t care if they are commercial or Military, they are a closed society for that time frame.

I bleach wipe the hospital room down when hubby had to go in. Knock on wood, he has not picked up any staff infections.

You cannot drag a dirty bucket of mop water room to room even with disinfectant in it, and expect to disinfect a room, much less a whole floor ward. Clean water for each room should be the rule


45 posted on 05/19/2014 6:32:12 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: mitzirenee

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24077366

Go to this link.

“The high mortality associated with the novel Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has raised questions about the possible role of a cytokine storm in its pathogenesis. Although recent studies showed that MERS-CoV infection is associated with an attenuated IFN response, no induction of inflammatory cytokines was demonstrated during the early phase of infection.”


46 posted on 05/19/2014 8:23:17 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: blam

It is a safe bet that articles titled “... here’s what you need to know” are followed by many things, none of which, unfortunately, are what you actually need to know.


47 posted on 05/19/2014 11:35:58 AM PDT by jjsheridan5
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To: blam

5000 IU of D a day for me.

As long as I don’t get too sleep deprived—and I haven’t let that happen in years—I simply don’t get sick.


48 posted on 05/19/2014 11:39:00 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: FlingWingFlyer
It looks like Americans are going to have two choices. Be taken out by an ObamaCare/VA death panel or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

You forgot SWAT Teams run by the women who hand out parking tickets...Social Security's Army - with enough bullets to kill all of us several times over..

49 posted on 05/19/2014 11:47:58 AM PDT by GOPJ (If dems will "death panel" our vets they'll damn sure death panel the rest of us...)
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