New dangerous disease in United States. 30% mortality. MERS

New dangerous disease in United States. 30% mortality. MERS
Ignacio Zara

New dangerous disease in United States. 30% mortality. MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) was detected in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Now, it has crossed the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.

New dangerous disease in United States. 30% mortality. MERS

Virus photo. Attribution Виталий Смолыгин

A traveler to Indiana was the first person with MERS in America confirmed by CDC.

This was his route:

On April 24 2014, this person travelled from Riyadh to London. Afterwards, he went to Chicago where he took a bus to Indiana.

On April 27, he started having breathing problems, fever and cough.

MERS mortality is 30%, but Anne Schultz said this patient represented a low risk to the public.

However, a second case was confirmed in a second traveler to the US from the Arabian Peninsula on May 12, 2014, according to another statement from the CDC. This time to a hospital in Orlando, Florida.

MERS has infected people in 16 countries. In fact, 496 people have been infected and 142 died.


MERS-CoV electron micrograph. This image is a work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services,

Tomorrow, the World Organisation for Health will have an urgent meeting in Geneva, because other three people have just died in Saudi Arabia.

As it happened with SARS during 2002 and 2003, there is not vaccine or specific treatment.

MERS origin is confused. Although The Lancet suggests that is can be caused by camels. In Saudi Arabia, they advise against eating camel meat or drink camel milk.

The World Organisation for Health is especially worried about next July 2014 during Ramadan.

Pilgrims from different places in Mecca can return to their countries with the disease.

Some data:
Saudi Arabia: 411 cases and 115 deaths. United Arab Emirates: 49 vs 9. Qatar: 7 vs 4. Jordan: 6 vs 3. Kuwait: 3 vs 1. Oman: 2 deaths. United Kingdom: 4 vs 3. Germany: 3 vs 1. France: 2 vs 1. Tunisia: 3 vs 1. Malaysia: 1 death. Italy, Greece and Philippines: one case each.

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