May 10 2014
When 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.
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?