Is the deadly MERS virus related to the drinking of camel piss?

funny-camel-greeting-everyone-445x2991When it comes to MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) it kills nearly a third of the people it sickened. Lately, new MERS infections have been popping up in Malaysia, Greece, the Philippines, Egypt, and late last week, the United States became the 16th country to detect MERS in an American who has been working in Saudi Arabia.

Walid Shoebat Exclusive  Some potential explanations for the sharp rise are a seasonal upswing, some outbreaks in Saudi and UAE hospitals where human-to-human spread has been taking place, and an increase in the number of people coming forward for testing.

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There has also been a spate of exported cases from Saudi Arabia who contracted MERS during a religious pilgrimage and died after returning home. And another man from Greece flew to Athens after getting sick while living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Jordan and Egypt have also detected new cases in people coming from Saudi Arabia.

It is expected that MERS will be increasing in coming weeks as Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, approaches at the end of June. MERS as the World Health Organization (WHO) advised people not to consume raw milk or raw meat products from camels.

While camels are clearly a major part of the MERS story, which the majority were found infected with a strain genetically almost identical to the strain that’s infecting people, yet questions arise if the transmission occurs through the drinking of unpasteurized camel milk, consumption of cheese made from it, or is it the drinking of camel urine?

But researchers at Columbia University recently had an additional theory – the infections are highest in the spring, when camels are born. And it makes sense, since Camels lactate only after they give birth and need their baby present in order to lactate and then they only produce milk for 90 seconds. And since the Muslim tradition is to combine camel urine with camel milk, the consumption obviously is higher during the spring.

The dilemma for western scientists is that not all the people diagnosed with MERS say they had contact with camels. So “how did they become infected?”, they ask.

As far as people who had not consumed Camel’s meat, it’s urine, it’s milk, or the combination thereof, the answer could be simple; western health experts are unfamiliar with litany of Muslim products that are produced from Camel’s urine.

Camel urine is not even detected by an innocent consumer of products that come out of the Middle East. My own sister-in-law when she first arrived from Jordan gave my unaware wife facial cream to later find out it had camel urine.

Even CNN Arabic promoted under its “Health and Technology” column an article titled “A mouthful a day” and even in capsule form – just like you would with fish oil, massage it into your hair or apply it directly to your face. For best results, the CNN report recommends “to take mouthfuls of camel urine daily for an entire year” and to make sure the camel be a female virgin. Surveys are even done to conclude from patients that, the urine of a virgin camel has a “preferable distinct flavor and aroma.”

There are even conferences on the “wonders and secrets of healing from camel urine,” that “camel urine is the miracle of our time and is a gift from Muhammad to mankind.” Amazingly, no one in the Muslim world is insulted by applying camel urine to the prophet of Islam. Many advise drinking it straight from the tap:

Fatin Khorshid, of the King Fahd Medical Research Center sees it as the ultimate solution to “all sorts of ailments” like “cancer,” “digestive tract,” “diarrhea,” “sexual dysfunction,” “liver disease,” “skin ulcers,” “cosmetics,” etc.

Few in the Middle East are attempting to refute the medicinal claims for fear of being punished for blasphemy. But the silence is not expected to last as MERS escalate.

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