Skip to comments.The Deadly Virus MERS Has Arrived In The US — Here's What You Need To Know
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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It looks like Americans are going to have two choices. Be taken out by an ObamaCare/VA death panel or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
Extremely Deadly Virus will Come from the Muslim World
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Great...Dallas is boned.
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.
So is Houston :(
Just found this:
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.
No need to drink camel p*ss to get MER, when an Arab will do it for you.
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.
Here is an FAQ from the CDC about MERS.
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.
Eat more vitamin C. I don’t get the flu or colds anymore because I take 2,000 - 3,000mg of it a day.
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