In the world's eyes, Saudi Arabia appears to be ground zero for the new MERS coronavirus, with the country accounting for nearly 80 per cent of known cases. But the kingdom's deputy minister of health believes this virus is infecting people around the world, and other countries aren't catching cases because they aren't looking.
About 15 doctors and nurses are under observation, in Florence, after coming in contact with the 45 year old man who turns out to be the first case of the new Italian Coronavirus, the so-called New Sars. The patient 'a Jordanian of Palestinian origin, who lives in Italy, but had recently been in Jordan. Now and 'hospitalized in isolation Careggi Hospital in Florence, in good condition. One of his sons seems to suffer from a flu unspecified. At admission, in Italy, the 45 year old had high fever, cough and signs of respiratory failure.
The World Health Organization on Monday urged health workers around the world to be on the alert for symptoms of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS), which has the potential to circle the globe and cause a pandemic.
"International concern about these infections is high, because it is possible for this virus to move around the world. There have been now several examples where the virus has moved from one country to another through travelers," the WHO said of MERS, which causes coughing, fever and pneumonia.
"Consequently, all countries in the world need to ensure that their healthcare workers are aware of the virus and the disease it can cause and that, when unexplained cases of pneumonia are identified, MERS-CoV should be considered."
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found there isn’t much stopping the latest strains of the H5N1 and H7N9 flu viruses — also known as the “bird flu” — from being communicable from person to person.
MIT News reported on Thursday that new studies showed the viruses could become “pandemic flus” within just a few mutations — all it would take would be a change in one or two amino-acids.
Thursday Jul 18, 2013
Six more people, most of them health care workers, have contracted the deadly MERS virus in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The UN's health body said that four health care workers from two hospitals in Abu Dhabi had contracted MERS, short for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, after caring for a patient who had fallen ill with the disease. In two of the cases, a 28-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman had not developed symptoms of the illness, while two other women, aged 30 and 40, were in stable condition. In Saudi Arabia, one 42-year-old female health care worker and a 26-year-old man who were in close contact with a MERS patient are both suffering from mild symptoms and have not been hospitalised, WHO said. The announcement came amid growing concern about the spread of the virus that so far has killed 45 of the total 88 people confirmed to have contracted it, especially as worst-hit Saudi Arabia braces for the Muslim hajj pilgrimage. On Saturday, Saudi Arabia, which counts 67 cases and 38 deaths to date, urged the elderly and chronically ill, as well as children and pregnant women, not to perform the hajj.
The Center of Disease Control ordered $11 million worth of antibiotics. Where are they going? FEMA Region lll. When are they due? October 1st. This coupled with the fact that the World Health Organization held an emergency meeting, its second such meeting in its history, to discuss MERS Coronavirus. This is quite unsettling. The WHO determined that a vaccine MUST be in place by October 1st.