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MERS: The Continuous Spread of New & Old Diseases, Part 2

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 7:00 AM
May 3, 2014

spread-of-Mers        Before advancing with the list of “problems on the horizon of the medical world,” unfortunately it must be noted: the U. S. has its first MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) case. Lenny Bernstein and Lena Sun of the Washington Post broke the news about this potentially deadly Betacoronavirus today:

“The first confirmed case of a deadly virus from the Middle East has surfaced in the United States, brought here from Saudi Arabia by an unnamed health-care provider who is hospitalized in Indiana for treatment of the respiratory ailment.” And through bus and air travels he may well have spread it around.

Anne Schuchat, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), says: “The victim, identified as a male by a person with knowledge of the situation,
traveled from Riyadh to London on April 24 and then on to Chicago . . . then took a bus to a location in Indiana that authorities declined to disclose.”

Schuchat adds that health officials are checking people who may have had contacted with him in London, on the plane to the States, and later on the bus.  She insists MERS “does not appear to be easily transmittable and that it represents a very low risk to the broader general public.”

Yet she admits “authorities don’t know exactly how the virus spreads.”  Symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing and fever appear about five days after initial infection.  Again, those suspecting they may just have the flu, should consult with their doctors or hospital.

The MERS Coronavirus is now found in 14 countries––Malaysia, the Philippines, Oman, U.A.E., Qatar, Kuwait, Greece, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia––and the U.S. makes 15. It has advanced to infect thousands after being discovered by an Egyptian virologist in 2012.

As mentioned in the last blog, MERS is deadly for three out of 10 people who contract it, especially so for the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.  There is no known treatment or vaccine, or other cure. And it is spreading.

There is no time for such experimentation. Now is time for action. Dr.  Ian MacKay, at the Australia Infectious Diseases Research Centre at The University of Queensland, sounds warning about where MERS might be headed:

“Over the last 30 days, MERS cases in Saudi Arabia have exploded from just 1-3 per day to over 10 per day, Mers-spreading-Saudi-Arabiashowing a worrisome trend. MERS is a particularly nasty disease for those who already have a disease that is chronic [including] diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, hypertension, lung disease, obesity, malignancy and those who smoke or use steroids.”

People must be cautious: washing hands often, perhaps wearing facial protections out in public, and avoiding others with flu-like symptoms.  And it may well be time to petition the government to stop flights to the U.S. from known-infected countries.  World-wide travel does nothing but spread this sickness.

The world has entered a stage of diseases far outpacing experimental medicines or the medical personnel to treat them.  It is incumbent upon Christians to ask God to endow new ministries of healings.  As Bible messages promise:

“And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived (Numbers 21: 9).” “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must The Son of Man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3: 14 – 15).”

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