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  • MERS virus kills 19 in week in Saudi Arabia: Ministry

    08/27/2015 12:47:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    indianexpress ^ | August 27, 2015
    Deaths from the MERS coronavirus have surged in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, with 19 fatalities recorded in a week, according to health ministry statistics. A total of 502 people died in the kingdom since the virus first appeared in 2012, according to updated figures posted on the ministryís website, including 19, all Saudis, since last Thursday. The number of MERS infections has also surged to 1,171 cases, the website said. A surge in infections forced health authorities to shut the emergency ward at a main hospital in Riyadh last week, after at least 46 people, including medical...
  • Saudi MERS infections soar ahead of hajj pilgrimage

    08/20/2015 11:20:17 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | August 20, 2015 | No Attribution
    Riyadh (AFP) - MERS coronavirus infections have soared in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, killing three people and forcing a Riyadh hospital to close its emergency ward, officials and newspapers said Thursday. Its symptoms can include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. There are no approved vaccines against MERS, which is believed to originate in camels.
  • Eric Holder Returns as Hero to Law Firm That Lobbies for Big Banks

    07/07/2015 8:38:03 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    The Intercept ^ | July 6, 2015 | By Lee Fang
    After failing to criminally prosecute any of the financial firms responsible for the market collapse in 2008, former Attorney General Eric Holder is returning to Covington & Burling, a corporate law firm known for serving Wall Street clients. The move completes one of the more troubling trips through the revolving door for a cabinet secretary. Holder worked at Covington from 2001 right up to being sworn in as attorney general in Feburary 2009. And Covington literally kept an office empty for him, awaiting his return. The Covington & Burling client list has included four of the largest banks, including Bank...
  • WHO: To Avoid MERS, Donít Drink Camel Urine

    06/26/2015 11:12:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 6/28 | ELIAS GROLL
    Six people have died, 87 have been infected, and some 1,800 schools and kindergartens have temporarily shut their doors amid an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in South Korea. Itís likely the most significant outbreak of the disease outside the Middle East, and over the weekend, the World Health Organization released details on new cases of the disease in South Korea. It also issued a surprising piece of advice for individuals seeking to avoid infection: Drink neither raw camel milk nor camel urine. Thatís perhaps not as strange as it sounds. While the exact transmission mechanisms remain unclear, it...
  • North Korea claims it has a cure for MERS

    06/19/2015 6:59:37 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 38 replies
    upi ^ | June 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Shim
    SEOUL, - North Korea claimed it has developed a vaccine that cures the deadly diseases MERS, SARS and AIDS. The remedy contains "rare earth resources" and includes ginseng extract, cultivated in the North Korean city of Kaesong with the aid of fertilizer, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on Friday. North Korea's independently developed "Kumdang No. 2 Vaccine" was touted as an extraordinary panacea. Pyongyang's state-controlled media KCNA said the immune system activator was capable of preventing MERS, SARS, AIDS and pneumonia, South Korean newspaper Hankook Ilbo reported. The claims remain dubious, if not absurd, according to South Korea media....
  • Man who overcame MERS dies in Germany of lung infection

    06/16/2015 5:33:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    ap ^ | Jun 16, 2015
    A German hospital says a 65-year-old man who survived the Middle East respiratory syndrome but was left weakened has died of a lung infection. Michael Schiffbaenker, a spokesman for the Niels-Stensen group of hospitals, said Tuesday the man died earlier this month in a facility in Lower Saxony. He said the hospital had agreed with the family not to release details of the fatal infection ... Authorities say the man appears to have caught MERS in February during a trip to Abu Dhabi.
  • Seoul a ghost town as South Korea grapples with Mers fear

    06/12/2015 1:47:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 8:12PM BST 12 Jun 2015 | Andrew Salmon in Seoul
    In a bar in Seoulís upmarket Gangnam district this week, music was blasting from the speakers and Harry Potter played on a giant flat-screen television; but the electronic darts board and kung fu video game stands were bereft of customers, and all but one of the tables were empty. The barman had a simple answer for the unusual lack of business: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers). South Korea on Friday reported three more deaths from Mers, in what has become the largest outbreak of the virus outside Saudi Arabia, with more than a dozen deaths in the past few weeks...
  • Two People Die in South Korea After Contracting MERS

    06/01/2015 6:30:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    wsj ^ | June 1, 2015 9:18 p.m. ET | Alastair Gale And
    Authorities also reported six new cases of infection from the virus, raising the total to 25 since the first case was confirmed in May. That infection was of a 68-year-old South Korean man who had visited Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. South Korea is considering an overseas travel ban for almost 700 people isolated for possible infection from the virus. However, authorities said on Tuesday there is insufficient evidence to declare an epidemic. Of the six new cases reported Tuesday, two are people who didnít come into contact with the original carrier, authorities said. Instead, they contracted...
  • China hospital ballot to decide who treats Mers patient

    06/01/2015 4:03:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    Nurses at a hospital in China have been reportedly drawing lots to determine who should treat a patient with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers). The hospital, in the southern city of Huizhou, said the ballot was arranged because there were too many volunteers to treat the South Korean man. But posts on social media suggest many were reluctant to take on the task. The virus has a death rate of 27%, according to the World Health Organization. The sick man was named as China's first Mers case last week, after travelling to the country from South Korea, via Hong Kong....
  • S.Korea fights to contain MERS outbreak, considers tough measures

    06/01/2015 6:47:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin
    reuters.com ^ | Jack Kim
    South Korea struggled to contain an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Monday as health authorities announced three more cases, bringing the number of infections to 18 in just over 10 days. Authorities are considering a ban on overseas travel for the nearly 700 people isolated for possible infection after a 44-year-old man broke a voluntary house quarantine last week and flew to Hong Kong and then travelled to mainland China. The man subsequently tested positive for MERS, China's first confirmed case, setting off alarm bells as health officials traced his footsteps and tested dozens of people who...
  • 5 Saudi Muslims Taken Off Plane in Boston w/Unknown Symptoms

    10/14/2014 6:33:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 40 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | October 13, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    5 Saudi Muslims Taken Off Plane in Boston w/Unknown SymptomsPosted By Daniel Greenfield On October 13, 2014 @ 6:04 pm In The Point | 13 Comments The last thing Muslims brought to Boston was the Marathon Massacre. Now Boston has a new, though probably unintentional Muslim threat to worry about. The plane, Emirates flight 237 that arrived from Dubai, was surrounded by ambulances and emergency responders in white and yellow suits.Airport officials said that none of the passengers taken ill had come from West Africa. Family members said they had come from Saudi Arabia.The U.S. Customs and Border Protections...
  • Austria Reports First MERS Case

    09/30/2014 6:43:41 AM PDT · by blam · 6 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 9-30-2014 | Shadia Nasralla
    Shadia Nasralla September 30, 2014VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria has reported its first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in a woman from Saudi Arabia who had recently traveled to the Alpine country, ORF Oe 1 radio reported on Monday, citing the health ministry. MERS, thought to originate in camels, causes coughing, fever and pneumonia, and kills about a third of its victims.(snip)
  • WHO: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Could Be Airborne

    07/22/2014 8:02:39 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | 7-22-2014 | Meghan DeMaria
    July 22, 2014Meghan DeMaria In a scientific paper published Tuesday, scientists suggested that Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) may be airborne. The disease has already claimed at least 288 lives since its appearance in 2012. Researchers at King Fahd Medical Research Center in Saudi Arabia analyzed air samples from an infected camel barn, and the samples tested positive for a strain of the viral genome MERS RNA, CNN reports. The possibility of MERS being airborne has been in question after reports found that some infected people had close contact with other MERS patients. The WHO recommends that "airborne precautions should...
  • [WHO suggests Muslims to refrain from drinking camel urine] Middle East coronavirus

    06/29/2014 12:09:20 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 39 replies
    WHO ^ | 06/16/2014
    THe World Health Organisation suggests on a recent outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Saudi Arabia (among other things): Food hygiene practices should be observed. People should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating meat that has not been properly cooked.
  • Camels Confirmed as MERS Virus Source in Humans

    06/05/2014 9:31:45 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 13 replies
    healthmsx news ^ | 06-05-2014 | unknown
    Saudi Arabian doctors say they've identified camels as one source of MERS infections in humans. The scientists report they matched genetic samples from the virus that killed a Saudi man last November to virus samples present in one of nine camels that he owned. (snip) The health risk from MERS to the American public is low, U.S. officials have said, because the virus is only passed through close contact.
  • The Scary Reason Saudi Farmers Are Kissing Camels

    05/31/2014 5:14:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May | Adam Taylor
    MERS is very scary. This week, while avoiding the term global health emergency, the World Health Organization announced that the deadly viral infection was both serious and urgent. So far, there have been 571 confirmed cases of MERS; 171 of those people died from the disease. There's one place, however, where the mood about MERS isn't scaring everyone. It's also the place where the infection was first reported in 2012 and where almost 500 recorded cases have been found so far: Saudi Arabia. And the skepticism about the virus has taken a strange turn in Saudi Arabia, where people have...
  • Saudi death toll from MERS virus rises to 186

    05/30/2014 7:12:15 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 9 replies
    Israel News ^ | Published: 05.29.14 | Staff
    RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says 13 people have died over the last two weeks from the Middle Eastern respiratory virus. The ministry says 186 people in total have died from the virus since it was discovered in 2012. The ministry said late Wednesday another 565 people had contracted the virus
  • Iran reports its first death from MERS virus

    05/30/2014 7:12:08 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 5 replies
    Israel News ^ | Published: 05.29.14 | Staff
    TEHRAN - Iran has suffered its first fatality from the Middle Eastern respiratory virus, its official news agency reported Thursday, a day after the first cases in Islamic Republic were publicized. The IRNA news agency quoted Health Ministry official Mohammad Mahdi Gouya as saying the virus killed a 53-year-old woman in Kerman,
  • 16 Being Monitored In LA County For Possible Exposure To Deadly MERS

    05/23/2014 10:08:56 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 20 replies
    CBS LA (KCAL9 News) ^ | May 22, 2014 | staff
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) ó KCAL9 News has learned that as many as 16 people in LA County are being monitored for possible exposure to MERS. MERS stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. The California Department of Public Health says the 16 people were all passengers on a flight with a man who is now hospitalized with the disease in Florida.
  • VA Dept. Health (VDH) Monitoring "Several" Possible MERS Cases in Virginia

    05/21/2014 7:24:27 PM PDT · by wtd · 24 replies
    ABC 8 News ^ | Updated: May 21, 2014 2:35 PM EDT | By WRIC Newsroom - email
    OT: VDH Monitoring "Several" Possible MERS Cases in VirginiaVirginia Department of Health officials are investigating, after "several" suspected cases of MERS appeared in Virginia. VDH is monitoring "several" Virginia citizens who were on airplanes and came into contact with people who were sick with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), according to Dr. Laurie Forlano, Deputy State Epidemiologist with the Virginia Department of Health. Although VDH officials are investigating, no cases of MERS have been confirmed in any part of the state. So far, there have been three confirmed cases of MERS within the United States: one in Orlando, Florida, one...