Skip to comments.Silently among us: Scientists worry about milder cases of MERS
Posted on 05/18/2014 12:11:24 PM PDT by Kartographer
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.
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."
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Has anyone checked the small livestock in Sand Savage Land?
Whenever I see these stories, I immediately get the impression that CDC is trying to buttress its funding.
You mean like Typhoid Mary? Someone posted about her on another MERS thread, yesterday. Sca-eerie!!
Post like your’s always reminds me of the guy that gets hit by a train when he drives around the railroad crossing gates because they are always malfunctioning.
The human body is an excellent host for a bio weapon.
In other words, it looks like the disease probably causes mild symptoms in most of the people infected. In the Third World, you generally are only seen by a doctor (and thus your disease recorded and reported) if you are gravely ill.
Nuke the entire Arabian peninsula. Then declare the locality as too contaminated to enter.
I expect that any moment now somebody will cry “offended” by the name “Middle East disease.”
I got a NASSSTY stomach virus in Syria. The doctor, in Saudi Arabia, (a Saudi Arab trained in the USA) gave me some medicine to cure it.
The kicker is that my husband had to take it too because this stomach problem was sexually trasmittable. The medication worked like a champ. I started to feel better very soon and was A-ok in three days. I never looked back. middle east.
NAAASSSSTY bugs over there. No wonder life spans aren't very long.
There’s also a equal chance in the Third-world that you got it died of it and other then you immediate family no one took note.
Let’s call it.....the other swine disease.
I just returned from a 2 week transatlantic cruise. Started feeling bad on the flight home from Barcelona. No fever but nasty cough. Now I’m getting paranoid.
We've had these scares dominate the headlines many times in the last years. Just like the weather scares, many of these are false and attempts to keep/get more taxpayer funding.
I disagree. Except for remote areas of Africa and South America, if there is a death, then there is a government report. Particularly if there is potential foreign aid to address whatever the disease was.
Meanwhile, even in the US, a mild flu will just mean the person stays in bed, takes some Tylenol or whatever, and no doctor is ever even notified.
I'm recalling the much-hyped 2002 SARS epidemic and the 2009 H1N1(swine flu) epidemic, neither of which amounted to much in the US.
This is how Gov’t operates...they often know that a crises is coming and send dis-information agents out to divert attention to the fact that they have ‘dropped the ball’. This is especially the ‘modus operandi’ of the present Government.
Remember the annual AIDS conferences when we were solemnly warned that AIDS had broken out into the general population and a country was doomed? It was a different one every year (Uganda, Thailand, Russia, Czech Republic, South Africa...). They finally gave up that game, I guess.
And of course, we all know it's budget time when NASA announces water/life/whatever on the Moon or Mars.
I respectfully disagree with the burial requirements of Islam I am sure it happens in islamic countries all the time as well as those countries which practice quick cremations.
I remember my Grandmother recalling the Spanish Flu.
The symptoms of MERS include coughing, fever, mucus — my wife and kids just got over being sick with those symptoms. For all I know, it could have been a mild form of MERS. No doctor was consulted, everybody’s better now, after being sick for 4-7 days with it.
If MERS has entered this country because this administration failed to do its due diligence when would you expect them to come forward and admit to it?
The incubation period for MERS is 12 days. Don’t know if that info will scare you or make you feel better, but though you should know.
Well, those pandemic scares over the last 2 decades or so haven't materialized so I will go with my theory for now...the CDC wants their taxpayer money.
With your insistence I stick with mine.
In the age of air travel, a person could be infected in China, take a plane to Japan, switching to another plane to LA, switching to a third plane to Chicago, infecting much of his fellow passengers along the way, and all before showing any symptom. How is the federal government going to stop an infected but asymptomatic US citizen from returning home?
Meanwhile, 77% of those infected with flu are asymptomatic, and so would not give any indication that they were sick, while passing along the flu to the people around them.
But my observation is that scares are often intended to get Federal funding (global warming being the biggest fraud for this purpose). And all those pandemic scares have come to naught over the years.
This is how the Federal Gov't operates and many still don't get it.
No I always assume even if there was something he could do he most likely would bother with it and that seems just fine with some people.But you still didn’t answer the question would you expect this administration to come straight out and tell the truth about such a situation?
Import some of that Middle East camel meat, infected by bat feces, and you will have a MERS problem. Word of caution, don’t eat imported camel meat.
Another caution, don’t eat human flesh like they are doing over there. It will give you Kuru or as tribemen call it, the “laughing sickness” as your nervous system shuts down. The Islamo-Fascists are slaughtering Christians and eating their flesh. Don’t confuse MERS with Kuru. To be safe, don’t live over there for any amount of money.
Is there any cure for this stuff or is this part of the depopulation program?
Yes I get it this administration has shown far more that they practice and are masters of disinformation far more than scare tactics and some people can see it even after 5 years of it.
That's my point.
The federal Gov't does stuff like this all the time to get more funding.
There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger. Underestimation can be fatal.
It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.
A good article on Normalcy Bias is on our own ChocChipCookies Blog The Survival Mom:
You raise a good question about the health of passengers on board airliners. If I were a terrorist, germ warfare would do more damage than blowing up an airplane. Are we entering an age when pre-flight medical examinations are necessary for all passengers coming into the United States? Will that include X-rays to screen for implantable explosive devices?
I said it before on other threads about MERS. I think it’s a biological attack on the U.S. Seemingly healthy visitors from the Middle East come to the U.S., on vacation or whatever, become ill with MERS (that they’ve apparently been carrying) get treated and all the while spread it to hospital workers, who in turn bring home to their families, who in turn....
I would expect them to lie about what Obama had for breakfast. The only words that will ever come out of the Administration is whatever they calculate will improve their political position. All else will go unmentioned.