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Continuous Spread of New & Old Diseases: Plus 2nd MERS in U.S.

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 9:00 AM
May 12, 2014

What-is-MERS-Virus        No. 5 on that ‘old’ list of spreading diseases is about great increases of Hepatitis C in most countries.  However, the problem with ‘aged’ list is that they keep growing.  So we should add to the list: 11) Unexpected rises in polio; 12) Mystery illness called CKDu; and 13) A new MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) superbug.  But first, yes, the U.S. has another MERS case!

While the first MERS patient is now released from the Munster, Indiana, hospital (although hospital workers stay home in isolation until 14 days are ended), and is said to be doing fine, a second carrier has been found in Florida.

ABC News reports “Health officials did not immediately release additional detail about his travels or his week in Florida, except to say he was not at any theme parks and remained in the Orlando area to see family.” He is at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando.

Health officials now attempt to “contact as many as 500 people who were on the three flights within the United States to let them know the situation and watch for symptoms.” Others he has had close contact with in the U.S. are also being tested. People on the flight from Jeddah to London also will be contacted.

CNN News adds: “The Florida patient traveled on May 1 from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to London, then from London to Boston; Boston to Atlanta; and Atlanta to Orlando.” While he is also a hospital worker in Saudi Arabia, there is apparently no connection between the two cases.

Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that most people infected caught the disease while caring for those with MERS either at home or in health care. Frieden stressed the need for infection control, rapid detection and needed isolation in hospitals, according to Fox News.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, Assistant Surgeon General with the U.S. Public Health Service and Director of the CDC’s cannot-commute-virus-to-othersNational Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, insists the: “risk to the general public remains very low.

“This virus has not shown the ability to spread easily from person to person in community settings.” She says the person felt sick when first leaving Jeddah, and continued on with fever, chills and coughing. But he did not report to the hospital until May 8. Now that the disease is in the U.S., CDC sent a team to Saudi Arabia to further investigate this dangerous outbreak.

She further told CNN that according to the World Health Organization (WHO):  “As of Friday, there have been 538 cases in 27 countries, including 145 deaths.” MERS first emerged in 2011, but was only diagnosed on the Arabian Peninsula in 2012.  There are still no travel restrictions from that area.

As stated in earlier posts, waves of new and old diseases now wash over the world. Readers who think they may have contracted one of these difficult-to-cure illnesses––in addition to medical assistance––should be in a church, or at least among a group of individuals, where people understand strong praying warfare.

According to Christian messages, during His earthly ministry, The LORD Jesus Christ connected some diseases with demonic activities:  “And He healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew Him (Mark 1: 34).”

Only spiritually mature Christians know what to do in such cases. During these days of raging sickness and death, it is not the time for Sunday-only, short-prayer, generally weak Christians.  It is time for grown and growing, mature faith!

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