Monday, May 5, 2014

MERS Co-V Coronavirus confirmed case in US - Indiana Man Improving | USAEBN.org/Indiana Sentinel

MERS Co-V Coronavirus Confirmed in Indiana man who recently traveled to Saudi Arabia.

INDIANAPOLIS — A man hospitalized in Indiana with the first U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East is improving, state health officials said Saturday.

The Indiana Department of Health said in a statement late Saturday that the patient remains at Community Hospital in Munster in good condition and is "improving each day."

The statement also said that as of Saturday, no other cases of #MiddleEastRespiratorySyndrome, or #MERS, have been identified. Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived at the hospital Saturday morning.

The man fell ill with Middle East respiratory syndrome, or #Coronavirus, after flying to the U.S. late last week from Saudi Arabia, where he was a health care worker.


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MERS-CoV outbreak US - Indiana

USAEBN - May 4, 2014 

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been confirmed in a Indiana man, within the last 24 hours. The gentleman had traveled, within the last few days, from Saudi Arabia to Chicago and took a bus to Indiana. This person is a medical professional who was in  the Arabia panincila assisting with the MERS outbreak.

CDC and both the Illinois and Indiana department of health were quick to respond and confidence is high that this incident will not spread beyond this patient. However the CDC will be notifying all those whom came in contact with the gentleman of possible exposure and testing procedures.

#MERS, so far, has a death rate of about 60% and is highly contagious with close contact of the patient. 

 

MERS lab
The patient recently traveled to Saudi Arabia, where Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, was first reported in 2012. Since then, the CDC has reported 401 cases in 12 countries, including France, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom. Of these, 93 have resulted in death. - Newsweek.com

Symptoms of MERS-COV

Not all infected people have symptoms. Some people act as carriers and never get sick from this disease. However the symptoms may have:

  • Coughing
  • Mucous
  • Shortness of breath
  • A general feeling of being unwell
  • Chest Pain
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Kidney failure
  • Other flu like symptoms
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and WHO (World Health Organization), there are no specific treatments for patients who become ill with MERS-CoV infection.
All doctors can currently do is provide supportive medical care to help relieve the symptoms. Supportive care means providing treatment to prevent, control or relieve complications and side effects, as well as attempting to improve the patient's comfort and quality of life. Supportive care (supportive therapy) does not include treating or improving the illness/condition.
The following groups of people are more susceptible to #MERS-CoV infections and complications:
  • Patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart conditions
  • Organ transplant recipients who are on immunosuppressive medications
  • Other patients whose immune systems are weak, such as cancer patients undergoing treatment.
Experts have noted that MERS-CoV is more human transmissible in hospital settings than out I the community.
Precautions to take
As with any kind of respiratory illiness your flu prevention should be observed
  • Avoid contact with people with symptoms of the disease
  • Maintain good hand hygiene
  • Avoid unwashed vegetables and fruits
  • Avoid uncooked or undercooked meats
People who become ill while on a trip should avoid close contact with other people, they should wear a medical mask, and sneeze into a sleeve, flexed elbow or tissue (making sure it is disposed of properly after use).
Unless you are caring for a person who is sick and infected with MERS-CoV, your risk of contracting the virus is small, says WHO. However, as so little is known about this virus strain, any advice or recommendation should be considered as temporary.
USAEBN Emergency Operations Center will continue to monitor this outbreak and report any significant changes to you on our digital broadcasting station and website / social media outlets.
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Indiana health officials: MERS patient improving

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 8:06 am 
INDIANAPOLIS — A man hospitalized in Indiana with the first U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East is improving, state health officials said Saturday.
The Indiana Department of Health said in a statement late Saturday that the patient remains at Community Hospital in Munster in good condition and is "improving each day."
The statement also said that as of Saturday, no other cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have been identified. Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived at the hospital Saturday morning.
The man fell ill with Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, after flying to the U.S. late last week from Saudi Arabia, where he was a health care worker. Calls to Community Hospital in Munster, in northwest Indiana, referred the media to the Borshoff public relations firm in Indianapolis, where spokeswoman Andrea Farmer said the hospital does not plan to give daily updates. The man was listed in good condition on Friday.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
(CDC) Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has caused severe illness
and death in people from several countries. On May 2, 2014, the first confirmed case was
reported in a traveler to the United States.
On May 2, 2014, the first confirmed case of MERS-CoV was reported in a traveler to the
United States. This is the only confirmed case in the United States. CDC is working very
quickly to investigate this first U.S. case of MERS and respond to minimize the spread of this
virus. We expect to learn much more in the coming hours and days. We will share updated
information through the
CDC MERS website.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was first reported in 2012 in
Saudi Arabia. It is different from any other coronavirus previously found in people. We don’t
know where the virus came from or exactly how it spreads. However, it likely came from an
animal source. All reported cases to date have been linked to the Arabian Peninsula.
Most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe respiratory illness with symptoms of
fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About 30% of people with MERS have died. Most of
the people who died had an underlying medical condition. Some infected people had mild
symptoms or no symptoms at all.
It is different from the coronavirus that caused SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)
in 2003. However, like theSARSvirus, MERS-CoV is most similar to coronaviruses found in
bats.
What Are Coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface. They are common
viruses that most people get in their lifetime. These viruses usually cause mild to moderate
upper-respiratory tract illnesses.
Coronaviruses may also infect animals. Most of these coronaviruses usually infect only one
animal species or, at most, a small number of closely related species. However, SARS
coronavirus can infect people and animals, including monkeys, Himalayan palm civets,
raccoon dogs, cats, dogs, and rodents.
CDC Does Not Recommend Anyone Change Travel Plans
CDC does not recommend that anyone change their travel plans because of MERS. The
current CDC travel notice is an Alert (Level 2), which provides special precautions for
travelers. Because spread of MERS has occurred in healthcare settings, the alert advises
travelers going to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula to provide healthcare services
to practice CDC’s recommendations for infection control of confirmed or suspected cases and
to monitor their health closely. Travelers who are going to the area for other reasons are
advised to follow standard precautions, such as hand washing and avoiding contact with
people who are ill.
For more information, see CDC’s travel notice on
MERS in the Arabian Peninsula

More Information
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Countries With Lab
Confirmed MERS Cases
•Saudi Arabia
•United Arab Emirates (UAE)
•Qatar
•Oman
•Jordan
•Kuwait
•United Kingdom (UK)
•France
•Tunisia
•Italy
•Malaysia
•United States of America (USA)

Source Report:
http://usaebn.org/web/index.php/medical-report/764-mers-cov-outbreak-us-indiana
http://www.newsweek.com/patient-mers-virus-indiana-traveled-saudi-arabia-249510
http://usaebn.org/web/media/kunena/attachments/63/MERSOutbreakinUS-Indiana.pdf
http://madtownpreppers.blogspot.com/2014/03/biological-alert-ebola-outbreak-in.html


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