MERS virus spreading across Asia, South Korea fails to contain outbreak

#AceNewsServices -Featured Post: South Korea:June.11: Hong Kong issued a red alert and advised against travelling to South Korea, where an epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is gaining pace. The virus is spreading despite attempts to contain the outbreak.

Workers in full protective gear disinfect the interior of a subway train at a Seoul Metro’s railway vehicle base in Goyang, South Korea, June 9, 2015 (Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji)

In Korea, the number of infected people passed 100 this week, reaching 122 on Thursday. Tenth patient died from the disease, health officials said on Thursday. Most of the victims are elderly patients with other health problems unrelated to the virus. Over 3,250 people remain in quarantine.

Two people in Hong Kong who traveled to South Korea recently are being tested for possible MERS contagion, the authorities said on Thursday. Previously 31 people were tested negative in Hong Kong.

Earlier a man tested positive for the disease in China after coming from S. Korea, and a man in Taiwan was taken to hospital with symptoms consistent with MERS.

South Korean authorities are trying to stop the spread of the virus by closing schools and canceling public events. Neighbors in the region are scaling down tourist travel to South Korea, with Hong Kong alone scrapping 600 tours to the MERS-hit country.

MERS virus spreading across Asia, South Korea fails to contain outbreak


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SOUTH KOREA: ‘ Schools closed & classes cancelled over spread of MERS Virus ‘

#AceDailyNews – South Korea:Featured Update:June.03: More than 200 schools have canceled classes to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus that has killed two South Koreans, the Education Ministry said Wednesday.

As of 11am, students and teachers have been told not to show up at 230 schools, Yonhap reported. This is about 1 percent of some 20,000 schools nationwide.

The vast majority, 184 schools, are in Gyeonggi Province, where the first case of MERS was reported. The rest are in North and South Chungcheong Provinces, close to Gyeonggi.

In Seoul, an elementary school has decided to shut down until Friday, the first school in the capital to do so.


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` Weekly Message from the Chief Executive of Public Health England on our Health and Well-Being ‘

#AceUKNews – LONDON – (PHE) – MAY 16 – Our epidemiologists, microbiologists and public health experts have been at the forefront of the global work around the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), the new SARS-like virus that began to emerge about 18 months ago.

On Wednesday we published the latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey, which reflects data from 2008 to 2012 and looks at the food and nutrient consumption of children and adults in the UK.

Keeping with the theme, inactivity is the fourth leading cause of ill health in the UK, equivalent to smoking in its contribution to chronic disease and premature death, costing the NHS over £1 billion and society as a whole more than £6 billion n each year.

And finally, the winner of the Nursing Standard first annual award for Public Health Nursing which recognises an outstanding initiative or innovation which has demonstrably contributed to improving and protecting the public’s health is the Alcohol Day Detoxification Service run by Solent NHS Trust.

Warm congratulations to them.

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND – MAY 16 – PDF – REPORT DS_Friday_message_16_May_2014_final.pdf


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Florida Hospital Workers Who Treated MERS Patient Also Ill

Several local hospitals have set up same area

This bad boy has W.H.O worried

Two of the health care workers who treated a MERS patient in Florida have come down with respiratory symptoms, and are being tested to see if they may have caught the mysterious virus from him, hospital officials say.

In at least one of the cases it’s almost certain not to be MERS — the staffer started showing symptoms just a day after treating the patient, who’s the second person to be diagnosed with MERS in the United States. The incubation period for MERS — meaning the time it takes from contacting someone who’s infected to showing the first symptoms — is usually about five days. “We want to be extra cautious,” said Dr. Antonio Crespo, infectious disease specialist and chief quality officer for the P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando. “These two people were in contact with the patient without a mask.”

Video via: Mary Greeley

One of the staffers was treated and sent home, and the other is in a special isolation room at the hospital, like the MERS patient is. Health care workers who treat patients with the virus are the most likely to become infected themselves, probably because of the close contact. Crespo said 20 health care workers at two hospitals who may have been exposed to the virus are keeping themselves isolated at home and being regularly tested for MERS.

MERS up close and personal

The MERS patient, a 44-year-old health care worker from Saudi Arabia, was visiting family in Orlando when he became ill enough to visit the emergency room on May 8. He’s been in the hospital since May 9 and has been kept isolated under special conditions ever since doctors suspected he might have MERS.

Middle East respiratory syndrome virus (MERS) is on the rise, especially in Saudi Arabia. It’s infected more than 500 people since it was first identified in 2012, spread to 16 countries, and killed about a quarter of its victims. The World Health Organization has been holding a special meeting about the outbreaks and was expected to issue a new report on Wednesday.

The first U.S. patient with MERS, also a health care worker who had been working in Saudi Arabia, has gone home after treatment in an Indiana hospital. Doctors say the risk to the general public is very low. MERS is not terribly infectious. Studies of those who have become infected show they were usually in close and prolonged contact with a victim. But it’s a new virus, and very deadly compared to something like the flu, so doctors want to err on the side of caution.

Health detectives are tracking down everyone who flew on four flights with the MERS patient, from Saudi Arabia to London, then to Boston, Atlanta and Orlando. The trouble with treating any respiratory virus is they all have similar symptoms — fever, cough, body aches. And people get these viruses all the time. it takes about two days to test for something specific like MERS. If MERS is suspected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises hospitals to just act as if it were MERS. So patients are being kept in special isolation rooms, with strict hygiene procedures. “When we go and visit the patient — I went this morning — I have to wear a special mask called an N-95 (respirator). I have to wear a gown and gloves. Once we get out of the room we dispose of everything,” Crespo told reporters.

White House press secretary Jay Carney

The MERS patient also visited a second hospital, the Orlando Regional Medical Center. Officials at the P. Phillips Hospital are not precisely sure why — he didn’t go to seek treatment, they say — but to be extra sure, they’ve asked five hospital staff who were in contact with him to stay home for 14 days, get tested for MERS and stay away from other people. But because he did not feel well, the patient didn’t travel around the region and mostly stayed home, doctors said. He did not go visit any tourist attractions in Orlando.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama had been briefed on the two cases.

Dr. Ken Michaels of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County says hospitals should prepare for cases like this. “I don’t think we have seen the last of this,” he told reporters. “We are going to see more travel from this part of the world.” With a surge of cases in Saudi Arabia, people are sure to carry the virus on trips with them, Michaels said — something that CDC and World Health Organization officials have also said. Both of the men who carried MERS to the U.S. worked in hospitals where MERS patients were treated — one in Jeddah, one in Riyadh. There’s no specific treatment for MERS. Patients get what’s called supportive care — intravenous fluids, oxygen or a breathing tube if needed, and pain medications.

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#AceWorldNews SAUDI ARABIA May 04 Saudi health authorities…

#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA – May 04 – Saudi health authorities announced Saturday two new deaths from the MERS coronavirus, raising to 111 the number of fatalities since the disease appeared in the kingdom in September 2012.

A 25-year-old man has died in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah and a woman of 69, who suffered from tuberculosis and anaemia, died in Mecca, also in western Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said.

It later said the death toll has now climbed to 111, revising its earlier figure of 109 deaths.

Saudi Health Ministry – WHO


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Deadly ‘Incurable, MERS has hit USA, UK, Europe and Middle East so far

I started looking at Ebola, it was a new strain, checking with W.H.O (World Health Organisation) AND CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) first time ever it is a new strain and it broke 3 or 4 borders CDC

What is Mers? (Middle East respiratory syndrome) Now here is the odd thing here, for the first time EVER the Ebola virus broke one border and went to 4 countries, W.H.O Were testing people and were testing wrong, Ebola had developed a different strain, so people were sent home in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and I still hear there is/was a case in Italy. These links to W.H.O are worth keeping an eye on. It is very like the SARS VIRUS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome)

Now this Mers, thought to come from Egyptian tomb bat is an awful thing “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome” is NOW IN THE USA IN INDIANA! CONFIRMED! Here are the the main symptoms of MERS: cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, diarrhea, high fever (over 38°C or 100.4°F) and kidney failure. The incubation period for MERS is 5 days

Here is the list of KNOWN Mers Cases:
Countries in the Arabian Peninsula with Cases

Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Countries with Travel-associated Cases

United Kingdom (UK)
United States of America (USA) (Indian CONFIRMED)
Public Health England was on Friday night contacting two passengers who flew to Heathrow alongside a man diagnosed with a deadly camel-borne virus that has killed dozens in the Middle East. America confirmed that the first reported case within its borders of the newly emerging Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or Mers, had been detected in the state of Indiana, where an American had been hospitalised after returning to the US a week ago. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said America’s first case of the virus involved a US citizen who worked as a health care worker in Saudi Arabia. The syndrome first surfaced two years ago and since then at least 400 cases of the respiratory illness have been reported, and more than 100 people have died. Public Health England said the man flew on British Airways Flight 262 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to London, and transferred at Heathrow for onward travel to the US, where he was later hospitalised.

“The risk of the infection being passed to other passengers on Flight 262 is extremely low,” the body said. “However, as a precautionary measure, Public Health England has contacted UK passengers who were sitting in the vicinity of the affected passenger to provide health information.” Egypt has issued a warning against travel to Saudi Arabia as the virus spreads across the region just before the pilgrimage season. An Egyptian man returning from Saudi Arabia became the country’s first case of diagnosed Mers. Saudi Arabia has millions of foreign migrant workers and millions more from the Muslim world visit each year on pilgrimage to Mecca and other holy sites.

While the king sacked the health minister last month after criticism of the country’s speed of response to the disease, there is concern that this annual wave of visitors, often described as the world’s biggest international migration, could further spread the illness around the globe. Egypt’s health ministry said that it was warning children under 15 and adults over 65, pregnant women and anyone suffering from chronic heart and chest diseases to postpone their pilgrimages.

The main Hajj season is in October this year, but many Muslims also make Umrah, the so-called “lesser pilgrimage”, at other times. The case of the Egyptian who fell ill was first picked up at Cairo airport. He is said to be in a stable condition in hospital, but his uncle in Saudi Arabia, from whom he is believed to have become infected, has already died. So far, 107 people have been killed by the condition, with at least 345 infected, according to the World Health Organisation. However, 140 of those cases have been reported since the beginning of April. The virus has been circulating the Middle East for at least two years. It is a coronavirus similar to Sars, the respiratory infection which caused panic in 2003, in particular in China and the Far East, where it killed more than 700 people.

Mers causes a fever and a cough, but the effect can vary dramatically, with a high mortality rate in some people, but a majority testing positive with minor symptoms or none at all. Although it has been identified in bats and camels, from which it may have originated, in most of the cases identified it was passed from human to human. The infected person in Indiana is being kept in isolation in hospital. “We can break the chain of transmission in this case through focused efforts here and abroad,” said Dr Tom Frieden, the director of the CDC.

CDC: First US case of deadly virus MERS reported in Indiana

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` MERS Cases Increase as Saudi Arabia's Health Minister is Replaced as Kingdom Struggles to Contain Rise'

#AceHealthNews – RIYADH – April 22 – Saudi Arabia’s health minister, Abdullah al-Rabeeah, has been replaced by Labour minister Adel Fakieh as the kingdom struggles to contain the surge of new cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Rabeeah has been made an adviser to the Royal Court, Monarch’s decree said.

Last week, the kingdom confirmed an additional 49 cases, mostly in the port city of Jeddah.

Overall, Saudi Arabia has acknowledged 244 cases of MERS since 2012, of which 79 have died. MERS is a viral infection that causes pneumonia-like symptoms.

So far, about 30 percent of people with known infections have died.

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` MERS Coronavirus Claims its First Victim in `Yemen ‘ whilst Saudi Arabia says a Foreigner has Died ‘

#AceHealthNews – SAUDI ARABIA – April 13 – (ALJ) – A foreigner has died from the deadly MERS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, while Yemen has reported its first case of the disease.

The foreign man, whose nationality has not been disclosed, died from the coronavirus as eight others in the kingdom, including five health workers in the city of Jeddah, were infected.

The death brings the nationwide toll in the world’s most-affected country to 68, with 189 people infected.

The Saudi health ministry, which announced the death, said five health workers – two women and three men – and three other people had been infected by MERS in Jeddah.

The announcement came days after panic over the spread of the virus among medical staff led to the closure of the emergency room at the city’s main public hospital.

Deadly virus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday said that it had been told of 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS infection worldwide, of which 88 were fatal.

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.

Experts are still struggling to understand MERS, for which there is no known vaccine.

A study has said the virus has been “extraordinarily common” in camels for at least 20 years, and may have been passed directly from the animals to humans.

The UAE news agency WAM said on Friday an expatriate health worker had died from the virus and five others had been infected in the Gulf state. This followed Saudi reports last week of two deaths and nine other cases of infection in the kingdom, including among hospital staff.


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#Saudi Arabia : “MERS Annonuces `Coronavirus’ Claims more Deaths”

#AceNewsServices says `Saudi Toll Rises to 59 After New MERS Death’

Ace News Desk  A new MERS death was announced in Saudi Arabia Wednesday, which brings to 59 the number of people who have died from the coronavirus in the country. The Saudi national, aged 60, who had suffered from a chronic form of the disease, died in hospital in the Riyadh region, AFP reported, citing a Health Ministry statement. The ministry has registered additional cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, bringing the total number to 143, including the fatalities.


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