MERS first appeared in Saudi Arabia in 2012. To date, 536 cases have been confirmed in 12 countries, according to the most recent figures from the World Health Organization. Of those, 145 people have died.For NTR,
I don't know about you NTR, but I know I am going to the medical supply house first thing in the am and I am going to buy them out of surgical masks and surgical gloves for myself and all my friends.
Then, when there isn't anymore to be had nationwide after the virus takes firm root, I'll scalp them for dollars on the penny!
A man could make a killing selling them!
It's a win win!
Official: Deadly MERS virus could come to St. Louis
A local health official says they expect the MERS virus to come to the St. Louis region. Loading Post to Facebook. Official: Deadly MERS virus could come to St. Louis A local health official says they expect the MERS virus to come to the St. Louis region.
How is it treated?
There is no cure for MERS. But doctors can treat the patient's symptoms.
How is MERS spread? How contagious is it?
Officials say it most often spreads between people who are in close contact. Infected patients, for instance, have spread the virus to health care workers. The virus does not appear to spread easily among people in public settings, such as a shopping mall.
CDC Director Tom Frieden says,The risk to the general public is extremely low.
Is there a vaccine?
No vaccine is available. The CDC is talking about creating one.
Is anyone more susceptible to the virus?
The virus is more dangerous for people with pre-existing conditions or problems with their immune systems.
What can travelers do?
The CDC is not advising that people change their travel plans due to MERS. But it does suggest that people traveling to countries with MERS watch their health, wash their hands often, and avoid people who are sick.
Adults should help young children thoroughly wash their hands. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good substitute if soap and water are not at hand.
I feel Necrotizing Fasciitis is far more scarier. Necrotizing fasciitis progresses rapidly, having greater risk of developing in the immunocompromised due to conditions such as diabetes or cancer. It is a severe disease of sudden onset and is usually treated immediately with surgical debridement and high doses of intravenous antibiotics, with delay in surgical treatment being associated with higher mortality. Many types of bacteria can cause necrotizing fasciitis (e.g., Group A streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes), Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium perfringens, Bacteroides fragilis, Aeromonas hydrophila. The disease is classified as Type I (polymicrobial, due to a number of different organisms) or Type II (monomicrobial, due to a single infecting organism). The majority of cases of necrotizing fasciitis are polymicrobial, with 25-45% of cases being Type II. Such infections are more likely to occur in people with compromised immune systems secondary to chronic disease. This is now being seen more and more. Recently, a dear co-worker of mine became very ill with this (he is not diabetic or immune compromised, in fact he is very healthy and also a medical provider). He was fine on Friday and by Sunday showed up at the ED and coded. Took him back to emergency surgery to remove as much of it as possible. He was in ICU and continued to decline with all of his organs shutting down. We life flighted him to another hospital (ours is small community hospital) and several surgeries later he was on full support, in medically induced coma and on dialysis. He has started to recover (we are not sure how because we all thought he was done) and we are hopeful that he will continue to improve.