Global death toll 107 from MERS virus. Read more here.
“MERS is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died.
There are no vaccines or antiviral treatments for MERS, a severe respiratory disease with a mortality rate of more than 40 percent that experts are still struggling to understand.
But scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the United States have identified natural human antibodies — proteins made by the immune system that recognise foreign viruses and bacteria — against the virus that causes MERS.
In laboratory studies reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a scientific journal, researchers found that these “neutralising” antibodies prevented a key part of the virus, known as MERS CoV, from attaching to protein receptors that allow the virus to infect human cells.
Further experiments are under way that could lead to development of antibody preventives and treatments for MERS, the scientists say.” – India Times
“A deadly virus from the Middle East has turned up for the first time in the United States, health officials say.
An American who works as health care worker in Saudi Arabia is hospitalized in Indiana with the MERS virus. Officials said Friday the patient was diagnosed with Middle East respiratory syndrome after returning to the U.S. about a week ago. On Friday afternoon, the patient was reported to be in good condition at Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana.
Saudi Arabia was been the center of an outbreak of MERS, which first surfaced two years ago. At least 400 cases have been reported, and more than 100 people have died. The virus has been found in camels, but officials don’t know how it is spreading to humans.” – CBS
#MERS Cases and Deaths since September 2012 – 457 cases with total of 133 deaths worldwide. Now one case in U.S. in Indiana, but he appears to be recovering. US MERS case flew Riyadh-London BA flight 262, then London-Chicago AA flight 99 on April 24.
MERS is a relatively new respiratory illness, spread b/w people in close contact. Symptoms are fever, cough, & shortness of breath. – CDC
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