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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 ...


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KEYWORDS: mers; middleeast; sickness; virus
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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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20 posted on 05/18/2014 10:25:47 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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