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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 ministry’s 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, Don’t 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. It’s 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. That’s 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 Seoul’s 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 didn’t 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...
  • EXPOSED Federal Reserve Doc: Go from paper homeowner instruments to electronic. What fraud?

    07/11/2014 6:49:00 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 11 replies
    In Legalizing Mortgage Theft? I asked who was behind the push to eliminate paper mortgage instruments and move to an easily manipulated national electronic mortgage registry to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). ULC is drafting the Home Foreclosure Procedures Act (HFPA). This is important to ask considering that the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) has perpetrated widespread fraud against innocent homeowners through their national electronic registry. If you own a home or live somewhere, this affects you. MERS, also known as MERSCORP, has been accused of being ground zero of a Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) fraud...
  • [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) — 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...
  • How an Average Person can Prepare for a Pandemic

    05/18/2014 11:38:44 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 65 replies
    The Apartment Prepper ^ | 4/24/14 | aptprepper
    What is a pandemic? According to Flu.gov, a pandemic is defined as a global outbreak of disease. It’s not determined by the number of deaths, but by how quickly it spreads. Do they happen? Pandemics do happen, as in three outbreaks of flu pandemic in the 20th century: Spanish flu killed $40-50 million in 1918 Asian flu in 1957 killed 2 million people 1 million deaths from Hong Kong flu in 1968 What are the chances? I don’t have a crystal ball, and there is really no way to predict when and how a pandemic can happen. Certain “tells” would...
  • MERS updates

    05/19/2014 7:33:15 AM PDT · by wtd · 31 replies
    various | 5/18 and 5/19/2014 | various
    US Centres for Disease Control scientists study infectiousness of mild Mers casesPUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 May, 2014, 6:26am UPDATED : Sunday, 18 May, 2014, 2:42pm Highlight: "In its latest tally, Saudi Arabia’s health ministry said the total number of infections in the kingdom from the coronavirus since it first appeared in 2012 now stood at 529 people. "Among the latest fatalities were two men aged 67 and 55 and an 80-year-old woman in Jeddah, the port city where a spate of cases among staff at King Fahd Hospital last month led to the dismissal of its director and the...
  • The Deadly Virus MERS Has Arrived In The US — Here's What You Need To Know

    05/18/2014 9:55:36 AM PDT · by blam · 48 replies
    BI ^ | 5-18-2014 | Lauren F Friedman
    Lauren F FriedmanMay 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...
  • Foreign doctors, nurses in Saudi Arabia could take MERS global

    05/18/2014 7:24:57 AM PDT · by wtd · 14 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | May 18, 2014 | Sharon Begley
    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...
  • Third case of MERS confirmed in Illinois resident

    05/17/2014 2:54:53 PM PDT · by wtd · 75 replies
    NYDailyNews ^ | May 17, 2014 | Nicole Hensley
    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
  • Florida MERS Patient Visited Two Hospitals

    05/15/2014 2:06:02 AM PDT · by blueplum · 29 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 13, 2014 | Chelsea Rice
    On Tuesday morning in Florida, Orlando Health physicians and a state public health official spoke with reporters about the second MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) case at Dr. Phillips Hospital, where the patient is currently being treated. The patient with MERS initially came to Orlando Regional Medical Center to bring a relative in for testing, according to Dr. Ken Michaels, the health system’s medical director for occupational health. The care team admitted him to the hospital on May 8, when Dr. Michaels said the patient came to the emergency room at Dr. Phillips Hospital displaying possible symptoms of pneumonia. (The...
  • MERS updates: 2 Orlando health care workers who treated MERS pt now have symptoms

    05/14/2014 5:13:24 AM PDT · by wtd · 30 replies
    various ^ | various
    Worker who cared for Orlando MERS patient hospitalized, another sick ORLANDO -- Two Orlando health care workers who treated a 44-year-old man with MERS now have flu-like symptoms. One was admitted to the hospital, while the other was sent home. Test results are expected today to find out if they and approximately two dozen others, who had contact with the patient, have contracted the potentially deadly disease. If any results come back positive, it'll be the first time MERS is contracted in the U.S. Florida MERS Patient Sat In A Busy ER For Nearly 8 Hours Almost eight more...
  • Carney confirms Obama 'has been briefed' on MERS outbreak

    05/14/2014 4:45:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | Justin Sink
    ...Obama has been briefed about the outbreak of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome, the White House said Tuesday, one day after a Florida health worker became the second confirmed case...
  • Saudi Arabia: Farmers flout Mers warning by kissing camels

    05/13/2014 2:34:30 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 May 2014 Last updated at 10:28 ET | Staff
    People are taking photos and videos of themselves kissing camels in defiance of a warning from Saudi health authorities not to go near the animals, which have been linked to the deadly Mers virus. In recent days, Saudi Arabia has urged people to wear masks and gloves when dealing with camels, to stay away from raw camel meat and camel milk, and not to go near sick animals, the newspaper Gulf News reports. But some people have refused to listen to the government's advice, posting videos and sending messages in support of camels. In one video, a man stands between...
  • European Team Finds No Evidence of Viral Change in MERS-CoV

    05/13/2014 2:26:34 PM PDT · by steve86 · 8 replies
    Medscape Medical News ^ | May 12, 2014 | Kate Johnson
    BARCELONA, Spain — A team from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) just back from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, reports that there appears to be no change in either the virulence of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) or its transmissibility. The "dramatic" spike in the number of MERS-CoV cases reported in the past 3 weeks is related to a seasonal increase in primary cases, combined with a "huge spillover and amplification" of secondary cases caused by in-hospital transmission to healthcare workers and other patients, said Denis Coulombier, MD, head of the unit for surveillance and response support...
  • 2 Orlando health workers ill after exposure to MERS patient

    05/13/2014 1:11:45 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    Two health workers at a hospital in Orlando, Florida, who were exposed to a patient with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have begun showing flu-like symptoms, and one of the two has been hospitalized. Officials at the Dr. P. Phillips Hospital said on Tuesday the two healthcare workers were exposed to the patient - the second confirmed case of MERS on U.S. soil - in the emergency department before it became clear that he might be infected with the virus, which is often deadly. The second healthcare worker is being isolated in his home and watched for signs of infection.
  • Orlando MERS patient still has fever

    05/13/2014 12:13:33 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 39 replies
    Dr. Antonio Crespo says two hospital workers were showing flu-like symptoms after coming into contact with the 44-year-old man. One was cleared, but the other was admitted to the hospital. About 15 other workers, including two physicians, at Dr. Phillips Hospital, as well as five workers at Orlando Regional Medical Center where the Saudi resident also visited, have been asked to stay home from work for two weeks until they are cleared of having the virus.
  • Officials, 2nd US Case of MERS reported

    05/13/2014 6:56:41 AM PDT · by wtd · 12 replies
    Quincy Herald-Whig ^ | May 12,2014 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East. The latest case is not an American - he is a resident of Saudi Arabia, visiting Florida, who is now in an Orlando hospital. Officials: 2nd US case of MERS reported
  • US, Florida Health Officials Confirm Second Case Of MERS On US Soil

    05/13/2014 3:18:11 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 13 2014 | Julie Steenhuysen and Barbara Liston
    U.S. health officials confirmed the country’s second case of MERS, a deadly virus first discovered in the Middle East, and said the patient was in good condition in an Orlando, Florida hospital. The patient, 44, is a healthcare worker who lives and works in Saudi Arabia and traveled to the United States to visit relatives. He was admitted to the Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando on May 9. The case is the second “imported” instance of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, reaching U.S. soil. The first case was confirmed late last month in Indiana, raising fears about the...
  • Officials: 2nd US case of MERS being reported

    05/12/2014 9:54:50 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 90 replies
    AP ^ | 5/12/14
    Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.
  • Extremely Deadly Virus will Come from the Muslim World

    05/11/2014 3:23:02 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 98 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | May 10, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Extremely Deadly Virus will Come from the Muslim World By Shoebat Foundation onMay 10, 2014 inFeatured, General Exclusive by Walid Shoebat When it comes to MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) it kills nearly a third of the people it sickened. Most people still haven’t twigged to the existence of MERS but that may be changing, with new MERS infections popping up recently in Malaysia, Greece, the Philippines, Egypt, and late last week, the United States became the 16th country to detect MERS in an American who has been living and working in Saudi Arabia. Some potential explanations for the...
  • Saudi Arabia warns of MERS risk from camels as cases rise

    05/11/2014 7:18:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/10/2014
    Saudi Arabia said people handling camels should wear masks and gloves to prevent spreading Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), issuing such a warning for the first time as cases of the potentially fatal virus neared 500 in the kingdom. Health experts say camels are the most likely animal source of infection for the disease, which the Saudi health ministry said late on Saturday that seven more people had caught. First reported two years ago in Saudi Arabia, MERS is a coronavirus like SARS, which originated in animals and killed around 800 people worldwide after first appearing in China in 2002....
  • Soaring MERS Cases in Saudi Arabia Raise Alarms

    05/03/2014 5:59:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Science ^ | 2 May 2014 | Kai Kupferschmidt
    Scientists are scrambling to make sense of a sharp increase in reported infections with the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus. In April alone, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have reported over 200 new cases—more than all MERS-affected countries combined in the preceding 2 years. That has sparked fresh fears that the virus may be about to go on a global rampage. The World Health Organization expressed alarm at the new numbers, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published an updated risk assessment on 25 April warning European countries to expect more imported...
  • CDC confirms first case of MERS infection in US

    05/02/2014 11:59:17 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 61 replies
    AP ^ | 5/2/14 | MIKE STOBBE
    Health officials say a deadly virus from the Middle East has turned up for the first time in the U.S. No details about the case have been released. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention planned a Friday afternoon briefing about the case. The CDC says it is investigating along with health officials in Indiana.
  • First U.S. Case of MERS Virus Is Found in Indiana Man Who Visited Mideast

    05/02/2014 10:36:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 2, 2014 | DONALD G. McNEIL
    A virus that has killed more than 100 people in the Middle East has been found in the United States for the first time, in an Indiana health care worker who recently returned from Saudi Arabia, federal health officials said on Friday. The man, whose name, age and exact occupation have not been released, is in stable condition in an Indiana hospital, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of respiratory diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is in isolation and receiving oxygen. A single American case of the virus — called MERS, for Middle East respiratory syndrome...
  • MERS makes first U.S. appearance, in Indiana

    05/02/2014 2:18:31 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/2/14 | Elizabeth Landau
    The first U.S. case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus has been reported in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The patient is a health-care provider who recently traveled to Saudi Arabia to provide health care, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general with the U.S. Public Health Service and director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The person, an American male, traveled on April 24 from Riyadh to London, then to Chicago, and took a bus to Indiana, officials said. He began experiencing shortness of breath, coughing, and fever on April...
  • CDC Announces First Case of MERS in U.S.

    05/02/2014 12:32:13 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 14 replies
    DC, Indiana State Dept of Health conducting investigation into first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in U.S., agency says in statement. CDC to hold 3pm press briefing
  • Saudi Arabia Confirms 20 New Cases of Deadly MERS Virus

    04/20/2014 9:40:01 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 31 replies
    Time.com ^ | 4/20/14 | Nolan Feeney
    Around 49 people have been infected in the past six days by the incurable Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, which has claimed 76 lives in Saudi Arabia. The country's Health Minister said he did not know the cause of the sudden rise in cases Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry this weekend confirmed 20 new cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS. All told, the MERS virus has infected 244 people in Saudi Arabia, with 49 confirmed cases in the past six days alone.
  • Middle Eastern Virus More Widespread Than Thought

    02/28/2014 3:27:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 28 February 2014 | Kai Kupferschmidt
    It's called Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, after the region where almost all the patients have been reported. But the name may turn out to be a misnomer. A new study has found the virus in camels from Sudan and Ethiopia, suggesting that Africa, too, harbors the pathogen. That means MERS may sicken more humans than previously thought—and perhaps be more likely to trigger a pandemic. MERS has sickened 183 people and killed 80, most of them in Saudi Arabia. A couple of cases have occurred in countries outside the region, such as France and the United Kingdom, but...
  • Health Officials To Watch For Muslim Pilgrims With SARS-Like Symptoms

    10/10/2013 12:12:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 10, 2013 12:04 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Southern California doctors and health officials will be on the lookout for Muslim pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia with flu-like symptoms in the wake of a reported outbreak of a SARS-like virus in the Middle East, according to a report. L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding told the Los Angeles Times severe coughs or other similar symptoms could signal the arrival of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, to the Southland. While MERS-CoV has so far only been reported in the Mideast and Europe, doctors and emergency departments will be...
  • Virus Hangs Over Islamic Pilgrimage To Mecca

    10/09/2013 9:22:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    LATimes ^ | October 09, 2013 | Eryn Brown
    Virus Hangs Over Islamic Pilgrimage To Mecca Health officials in the U.S. will be on the alert for anyone returning from the Middle East with symptoms of MERS, a mysterious and potentially deadly illness. Laila Shifa, left, helps her daughter, Homaira Hamid, center, and husband Jahan pack in their Northridge apartment for their hajj pilgrimage. The couple are bringing face masks to help guard against the MERS virus, which has been detected in the Middle East. By Eryn Brown October 9 After they got married last year, Homaira and Jahan Hamid decided they would embark on the hajj pilgrimage to...
  • Saudi Arabia warns pilgrims over coronavirus

    07/14/2013 6:10:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 July 2013 Last updated at 01:11 ET
    Health officials in Saudi Arabia have asked pilgrims visiting its holy sites to wear masks in crowded places to stop the spread of the MERS coronavirus. A list of requirements issued by the health ministry also tells elderly people or those with chronic diseases to postpone their pilgrimage. Thirty-eight people have died from the virus in Saudi Arabia
  • WHO sets up emergency committee on MERS virus

    07/05/2013 4:29:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 5, 2013 | by Tom Miles
    The World Health Organization is forming an emergency committee of international experts to prepare for a possible worsening of the Middle East coronavirus (MERS), which has killed 40 people, WHO flu expert Keiji Fukuda said on Friday. Most of the cases of MERS so far have been in Saudi Arabia, which hosts millions of Muslim visitors every year for the annual haj pilgrimage. "We want to make sure we can move as quickly as possible if we need to," Fukuda told a news conference.
  • The Middle East Plague Goes Global (has a mortality rate of about 55%, 5x more lethal than SARS)

    06/29/2013 7:27:20 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 62 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 6/28/13 | Laurie Garrett, Maxine Builder
    A scary virus is sweeping Saudi Arabia. Six million religious pilgrims are about to descend on the country from across the world. The result could be disastrous. When the Black Death exploded in Arabia in the 14th century, killing an estimated third of the population, it spread across the Islamic world via infected religious pilgrims. Today, the Middle East is threatened with a new plague, one eponymously if not ominously named the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV, or MERS for short). This novel coronavirus was discovered in Jordan in March 2012, and as of June 26, there have been 77...