First case of deadly MERS virus reported in the U.S.

May 3, 2014

community hospThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first U.S. case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Friday. [Reuters]

The rate of infections in Saudi Arabia, where MERS was first discovered in 2012, have been on the rise with the total number of cases at 396. The death rate is currently listed at between 30 to 40 percent.

MERS involves primarily person-to-person contact with most people being infected in hospitals. At one Saudi Arabia hospital, three doctors quit rather than treat patients suffering from MERS.

The first U.S. person to contact MERS is a health care worker who had recently gone to Saudi Arabia to provide health care. The man traveled on April 24 from Riyadh to London, then to Chicago, and then took a bus to Indiana. He began experiencing shortness of breath, coughing, and fever on April 27 and was admitted to Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana, on April 28.

He is in stable condition.

“The CDC, IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) and CDPH (Chicago Department of Public Health) do not consider passengers on the flight or bus to be close contacts of the patient and therefore are not at high risk,” said Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the IDPH to Reuters.

The CDC is attempting to contact all passengers on the same plane and bus as the patient. In England, health care officials are contacting any passengers who sat next to the patient.


7 Comments

  1. Ted Slanders says:

    Salt,

    “Our Father has His reasons, and that we must bow to them, and obey.”

    Well, I just hope that when our Hebrew God plagues us again so we can get to know Him better, as in this case, with the MERS virus, let it be quick instead of Him performing the Great Flood in the world and drowning innocent fetus’ and babies. Its hard to imagine little bloated dead babies floating on the surface of the oceans just because He was displeased with their parents. Collateral damage I suppose from our ever loving and forgiving God. :(

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  2. topper01 says:

    No good deal goes unpunished!

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  3. Pelican1 says:

    And Ala, He has commanded his people to murder and butcher all those who have displeased Him as well?
    Well, you get to know Him all you want…I’m stickin’ around for the marshmallow roast.
    (Pelican 20:14)

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  4. Ted Slanders says:

    I am worried that our Hebrew God of the Christians may be warming up for another one of His plagues like He administered many, many times within the bible because His creation displeased Him. Why does our version of God send plagues to kill His people? It is simply because we’ll get to know Him better.

    “For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.” (Exodus.9:14)

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    • Old Salt says:

      Excerpts from:
      Dialogs with the Devil
      By Taylor Caldwell

      From Michael the Archangel….

      Greetings, Lucifer,

      Are we the holders of Gods secrets?
      Do we know the future as He knows it?
      His Laws are our Laws, and it is our joy to be obedient to them. It was only you, and the angels with you, who revolted against the Law, holding yourself wiser than the Godhead, appalled that creatures of clay and earth, of water and wind, should share with you the prerogatives of “free will”, the gift of eternal life, the ecstasy of gazing on the Face of the Lord Our God and Father, the rapture of Heaven, the ultimate glimpse of the Beatific Vision.

      Our Father has His reasons, and that we must bow to them, and obey.

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    • SLOTECH90 says:

      That has got to be the worst and weakest theodical argument I have ever heard. Your
      sky daddy as portrayed in the Tanakh is a pestilential, genocidal, capricious, homicidal, fratricidal, jealous, pernicios bully.

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