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Monday, April 14, 2014

What You Need To Know About The Deadly "Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)"

The Ministry of Health in ABU DHABI already announced that a Filipino paramedic had died after contracting Mers-CoV, While five other paramedics who appeared to have also contracted the virus were also kept in quarantine. Ministry of Health also advised people to stay calm since the patients treated by the paramedics had also been contacted.

Due to this news, Individuals all over the world got curious about this disease, Some questions are also frequenty asked such as 'How deadly can it be?' 'What are the signs and symptoms?' 'How can it be treated?'

What is MERS-CoV?

According to Wikipedia, The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), also termed EMC/2012, is positive-sense, single-stranded RNA novel species of the genus betacoronavirus. It was first reported on 24 September 2012 by virologist Dr. Ali Mohamed Zaki in Saudi Arabia.
The Coronavirus Study Group (CSG) of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) decided in May 2013 to name the virus as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus.

What are the symptoms of MERS?

fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

What is the origin of MERS-CoV?

Most likely, it came from an animal source.

What are the treatments?

There are no specific treatments recommended for illnesses caused by MERS-CoV. Medical care is supportive and to help relieve symptoms.

How to prevent myself from being contracted?

•Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children to do the same.
•Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the dirt bin.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
•Avoid close contact, such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils, with people with fever or flu-like illnesses.
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.
•Wear masks in mass gatherings such as Hajj or Umrah.

A Mers vaccine could take up to 10 years to develop with testing and approval by drug regulatory agencies.
Mers cases have been reported in;
Tunisia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Saudi Arabia.

Remember : Prevention is ALWAYS better than Cure.

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