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U.S. Reports First Case of MERS
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U.S. Reports First Case of MERS
By Maggie Fox
THIS IS GETTING SCAREY. WOULD LIKE MINGOMOMS OPINION ON THIS.

The United States has reported its first case of a new virus found in the Middle East, in a traveler from the region, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The patient, a healthcare worker who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana, is being kept isolated in an Indiana hospital after being diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, the CDC says.

"In 2014 these new diseases are just a plane ride away," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases. “We have been preparing since 2012 for this eventuality.” http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-new...ers-n95871
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I'm not gonna freak out over this any more than I freaked out over SARS, which was . . . . . not much.
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According to the "experts" at WHO we are over due for a major pandemic. We now have what were once infections easily treatable with anti-biotic resistant to those same anti biotics. Phama. companies arent developing any new meds to treat common illnesses that now are potentially deadly. You know sooner or later nature is going to thin the herd, its just a matter of when.
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das;142650 Wrote:According to the "experts" at WHO we are over due for a major pandemic. We now have what were once infections easily treatable with anti-biotic resistant to those same anti biotics. Phama. companies arent developing any new meds to treat common illnesses that now are potentially deadly. You know sooner or later nature is going to thin the herd, its just a matter of when.

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Just a reminder, Tom Clancy's the Division comes out this Fall.
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I think that to panic is to overreact. We have been one plane ride away from a pandemic for decades now. We can either isolate ourselves and panic, or live our lives to the fullest.

And please, people... if you're sick, stay home! You are at greater risk for a serious illness (normally preventable by vaccination) here in the US than from any of these diseases. If you're the sort of person who shrugs off a respiratory infection and doesn't worry about going to work, you're also the sort of person who will help spread a disease.

I worry more about the resurgence of pertussis or even polio than one of these...

Just curious why you'd want my opinion? Shrug

ETA more detail.

das;142506 Wrote:U.S. Reports First Case of MERS
By Maggie Fox
THIS IS GETTING SCAREY. WOULD LIKE MINGOMOMS OPINION ON THIS.

The United States has reported its first case of a new virus found in the Middle East, in a traveler from the region, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The patient, a healthcare worker who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana, is being kept isolated in an Indiana hospital after being diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, the CDC says.

"In 2014 these new diseases are just a plane ride away," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases. “We have been preparing since 2012 for this eventuality.” http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-new...ers-n95871
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mingomom;142891 Wrote:I think that to panic is to overreact. We have been one plane ride away from a pandemic for decades now. We can either isolate ourselves and panic, or live our lives to the fullest.

And please, people... if you're sick, stay home! You are at greater risk for a serious illness (normally preventable by vaccination) here in the US than from any of these diseases. If you're the sort of person who shrugs off a respiratory infection and doesn't worry about going to work, you're also the sort of person who will help spread a disease.

I worry more about the resurgence of pertussis or even polio than one of these...

Just curious why you'd want my opinion? Shrug

ETA more detail.
Just from your replies to other posts I get the impression you are or were in the medical field. Am I correct?? You just seem to have above average information in the medical area.
das;142506 Wrote:U.S. Reports First Case of MERS
By Maggie Fox
THIS IS GETTING SCAREY. WOULD LIKE MINGOMOMS OPINION ON THIS.

The United States has reported its first case of a new virus found in the Middle East, in a traveler from the region, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The patient, a healthcare worker who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana, is being kept isolated in an Indiana hospital after being diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, the CDC says.

"In 2014 these new diseases are just a plane ride away," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases. “We have been preparing since 2012 for this eventuality.” http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-new...ers-n95871
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Thanks for the vote of confidence. Not the medical field, but the mental health field. The medical stuff I've learned on my own because of dealing with serious medical issues in our family. What I don't know, I ask and/or look up.

I don't discount the seriousness of diseases like MERS, but the odds are that there are other things that we deal with daily that are more likely to create harm. Ebola never crossed over in the way that people feared, even though medical workers and NGO workers came and went to the area. Bird flu; swine flu - yes, there were deaths, but not the catastrophic pandemic that was predicted. In areas with good medical care, we are usually able to contain it with minimal deaths. Notice that the areas where things get out of control are areas where modern medical care is non-existent.

What do I worry about? The increase in non-vaccination. A client just told me her daughter has been in the hospital for two weeks with tetanus. An 8 year old with tetanus because she was never vaccinated! There are several preventable diseases that are showing an increase in outbreaks. This is a far more real and quantifiable risk than the risk of MERS.

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das;142904 Wrote:
mingomom;142891 Wrote:I think that to panic is to overreact. We have been one plane ride away from a pandemic for decades now. We can either isolate ourselves and panic, or live our lives to the fullest.

And please, people... if you're sick, stay home! You are at greater risk for a serious illness (normally preventable by vaccination) here in the US than from any of these diseases. If you're the sort of person who shrugs off a respiratory infection and doesn't worry about going to work, you're also the sort of person who will help spread a disease.

I worry more about the resurgence of pertussis or even polio than one of these...

Just curious why you'd want my opinion? Shrug

ETA more detail.
Just from your replies to other posts I get the impression you are or were in the medical field. Am I correct?? You just seem to have above average information in the medical area.
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Ohhhhh I didn't think about that.. okay okay.. yes the mmr shot causes autism and intellectual disabilities and adhd and um... cancer and um small penis size.. no more vaccinations people, dont do it. They are all just manipulations by big pharmaceutical companies.. yeah yeah large deaths of non vaccinated people soon! Hurray.
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As long as facilities exercise standard respiratory precautions, they should be able to handle it. When/if the patient load requiring ventilatory support outstrips equipment availability, we'll see problems.

This probably won't be any worse than SARS, and they learned some lessons from that.

An 8 year old with tetanus? That's messed up. Why wasn't she vaccinated? Is she allergic or is it the standard "vaccines are from Teh Debbil and I won't allow them near my child" meme? It takes a lot of resources to care for a full blown case of tetanus.

We also have a generation of people who have never had a smallpox vaccination. That's not their fault, however, as it's not being done now, but it sure leaves a large window of vulnerability for an outbreak if somebody wanted to do it.
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