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A new virus belonging to the same family as the SARS virus that killed 800 people in 2002 has been identified in a Qatari man who had recently been in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organisation said Sunday.

The United Nations health body, which issued a statement through its "global alert and response" system, said tests on the patient, a 49-year-old Qatari man, confirmed the presence of a new, or novel, coronavirus.

It said the U.K. scientists compared gene sequences of the virus from the Qatari patient with samples of virus sequenced by Dutch scientists from lung tissue of a fatal case earlier this year in a 60-year-old Saudi Arabia national. The two were almost identical, it said.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which includes the common cold and SARS.

"Given that this is a novel coronavirus, WHO is currently in the process of obtaining further information to determine the public health implications," the statement said.

A statement by U.K. government experts said the symptoms included fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms.

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"As we are aware of only two cases worldwide and there is no specific evidence of ongoing transmission, at present there is no specific advice for the public or returning travellers to take but we will share any further advice with the public as soon as more information becomes available," he added.

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Only two cases and they issue a global alert? :hmm

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Only two cases and they issue a global alert? :hmm


Beat me to it Blue........

This has SCANDAL writen all over it folks..........

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What are they up to?

Or is it they caused it with chemtrails and are now trying to cover up the truth?

Thanks to johnrigs4321 for uploading his video to youtube

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Here's a little more from another source:

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World Health Organization (WHO) officials are on alert after two confirmed cases and one suspected case of a new virus from the same family as SARS appeared in Saudi Arabia last week. Doctors are watching for any sign the disease may spread..... One of the confirmed cases is a 49 year-old man in intensive care in a London hospital after being evacuated by air-ambulance to Britain from Qatar on September 11. The other two confirmed cases have already died.


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The discovery of the new virus comes at a potentially hazardous time; on the eve of the Hajj, the Islamic holy pilgrimage to the city of Mecca. Saudi Arabia opened its borders to pilgrims on September 17, but the real influx of pilgrims is set for the end of October. Last year, almost 2 million Muslims from around the world completed the rite.

WHO officials are not imposing any travel restrictions at the moment, despite the potential for the new virus to go global.


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The Health Protection Agency (HPA) in the United Kingdom also weighed in on the matter. (One of the patients from Qatar was evacuated to London ???)

"The HPA is providing advice to healthcare workers to ensure the patient under investigation is being treated appropriately. In the light of the severity of the illness that has been identified in the two confirmed cases, immediate steps have been taken to ensure that people who have been in contact with the UK case have not been infected, and there is no evidence to suggest that they have,” Professor John Watson, said in a statement.


http://rt.com/news/health-new-virus-cases-831/

Are they letting us know because there are more cases and they have been keeping it quiet, or are they trying to stir up fear, or is this just a routine precaution with a novel virus (IOW nobody has immunity to it because it has never been seen before). The coming days will tell, I imagine.

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Thanks, Ruts!

Does the info about the Hajj bring back any bad memories to anyone else? :scared

I well remember at the beginning of the Avian Flu outbreak we were all scared to death about the Hajj and the possiblity of human-to-human transmission there. In fact for a couple of years whenever the annual Hajj happened, folks on the Flu boards followed it closely.

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Compare this to the beginning of SARS and Avian Influenza. Did TPTB learn something or is something else going on here?

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WHO Issues Alert for New Virus

By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today
Published: September 26, 2012

Healthcare workers around the world should be alert for possible new cases of the novel coronavirus that has left one man critically ill and another dead, the World Health Organization said.

The agency issued an interim case definition for the novel virus, urging healthcare workers to be on the lookout for patients with unexplained respiratory illness combined with fever and cough, especially if they have recently visited Saudi Arabia or Qatar.

The WHO said no new cases have been confirmed, although a Danish hospital is reporting that it is treating five people with fever, coughing and influenza-like symptoms.

Those admitted to the Odense University Hospital were a family of four where the father had been to Saudi Arabia, and an unrelated person who had been to Qatar, the news agency Agence-France Presse reported.

Officials of the hospital said they had obtained samples for testing and were hoping to get results soon.

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Read more here: http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/Pneumonia/34968

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Unlike SARS, New Virus Doesn't Transmit Easily, WHO Says

By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today
Published: September 28, 2012


A novel coronavirus -- a member of the same family as the pathogen that caused SARS -- does not appear to pass easily among people, according to the World Health Organization.

"From the information available thus far," the agency said in a statement, "it appears that the novel coronavirus cannot be easily transmitted from person-to-person."

No new confirmed cases of the virus have been reported, the Geneva-based agency said, other than the two already reported -- a Saudi man who died several months ago and a 49-year-old Qatari man who is in critical condition in a U.K. hospital. Five people under scrutiny in Denmark as possible cases turned out to have the flu, officials said.

Meanwhile, scientists at the U.K. Health Protection Agency said a partial genetic sequence of the new virus appears to put it in a cluster of coronaviruses isolated from bats.

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Read more here: http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/Surveillance/35020

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Is a New SARS-like Virus Spreading in the Middle East?
David DiSalvo, Contributor

As with most emerging epidemics, we usually ignore them until people start dying. If the same logic applies here, it’s time to begin paying attention to the new SARS-like virus found in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. While only six cases have been identified so far, two of the patients died, suggesting that the survival rate isn’t stellar.

According to Reuters, the World Health Organization (WHO) originally issued an international alert in late September saying a virus previously unknown in humans had infected a Qatari man who had recently been in Saudi Arabia, where another man with the same virus had died.

On Friday, November 23, the WHO said in an outbreak update that it had registered four more cases and one of the new patients had died.

“The additional cases have been identified as part of the enhanced surveillance in Saudi Arabia (3 cases, including 1 death) and Qatar (1 case),” the WHO statement said.

The new virus is a coronavirus with similar symptoms to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which emerged in China in 2002 and killed around a 10th of the 8,000 people it infected worldwide. Typical symptoms include coughing, difficulty breathing and high fever. It spreads like other respiratory viruses, through releasing viral particles from coughing and sneezing which then find new hosts in the general vicinity.

The WHO said investigations were being conducted into the likely source of the infection, the method of exposure, and the possibility of human-to-human transmission of the virus.

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Read more here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2012/11/24/is-a-new-sars-like-virus-spreading-in-the-middle-east/

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ProMed Mail has been reporting on other cases of this novel coronavirus. Their latest statement

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In summary, to date a total of 9 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with the novel coronavirus have been reported to WHO - 5 cases (including 3 deaths) from Saudi Arabia, 2 cases from Qatar and 2 cases (both fatal) from Jordan.


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Over the past 2 months, WHO has received reports of 9 cases of human infection with a novel coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses; different members of this family cause illness in humans and animals. In humans, these illnesses range from the common cold to infection with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus (SARS CoV).

Thus far, the cases reported have come from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. All patients were severely ill, and 5 have died. The 2 Qatari patients are not linked. Both had severe pneumonia and acute renal failure. Both are now recovering.

A total of 5 confirmed cases have been reported from Saudi Arabia. The 1st 2 are not linked to each other; one of these has died. Three other confirmed cases are epidemiologically linked and occurred in one family living within the same household; 2 of these have died. One additional family member in this household also became ill, with symptoms similar to those of the confirmed cases. This person has recovered and tested negative, by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, for the virus.

Two confirmed cases have been reported in Jordan. Both of these patients have died. These cases were discovered through testing of stored samples from a cluster of pneumonia cases that occurred in April 2012.

The 2 clusters (Saudi Arabia, Jordan) raise the possibility of limited human-to-human transmission or, alternatively, exposure to a common source. Ongoing investigation may or may not be able to distinguish between these possibilities.

The current understanding of this novel virus is that it can cause a severe, acute respiratory infection presenting as pneumonia. Acute renal failure has also occurred in 5 cases.

WHO recognizes that the emergence of a new coronavirus capable of causing severe disease raises concerns because of experience with SARS. Although this novel coronavirus is distantly related to the SARS CoV, they are different. Based on current information, it does not appear to transmit easily between people, unlike the SARS virus.

http://www.promedmail.org/direct.php?id ... 30.1432498

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This is Birmingham England / NOT Alabama.

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13th February 2013 - The Health Protection Agency says a new respiratory illness, similar to the deadly Sars virus, has probably spread from person-to-person in the UK.

Previous cases have been seen in people who've returned from visits abroad. The latest case of novel coronavirus infection in Birmingham is in a person who hasn’t been abroad recently and is thought to have caught it from a relative.

However, officials say the threat of the infection spreading across the population remains very low.

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On Monday, the Health Protection Agency confirmed a case of novel coronavirus in a UK resident who had recently been to the Middle East and Pakistan.

The new infection is in a family member who'd not travelled recently. They are in intensive care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. The HPA understands this person has an existing medical condition making them more susceptible to respiratory infections.

http://www.webmd.boots.com/travel/news/20130213/sars-like-virus-person-to-person

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New Middle East virus spread in hospitals
Maggie Fox, NBC News

The new MERS virus, which has infected 64 people and killed 38 of them, is mostly spread in hospitals and it will take special care to prevent bigger outbreaks, experts reported on Wednesday.

An investigation into the outbreak in Saudi Arabia showed 21 people were infected as patients who unknowingly went from one clinic to another, spreading the virus. It can spread quickly in the hospital if strict precautions are not taken – including isolating patients, putting masks on both the patients and the health care workers and strict hand hygiene, the researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“We saw transmission (between) health care facilities because people would go from one to another and it would not be recognized,” said Dr. Trish Perl of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The problem is there’s not a great test yet for the virus so it’s not always easy to tell who has it, Perl and colleagues reported.

The new virus is called MERS, for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. It is a distant cousin of SARS, the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus that infected 8,000 people globally, killing nearly 800 of them before it was stopped in 2003.

Coronaviruses are a big family and they usually cause common cold-like symptoms in people. But in some cases they can cause very severe infections – and MERS is one of these.

Scientists are keeping a very close eye on MERS. “We cannot afford to have another SARS,” Perl told NBC News. It’s already been reported in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Britain, France, Germany and Italy – carried by travelers. And some of those sick have infected other people in the other countries – notably a French patient who infected a roommate in the hospital.

Perl and colleagues visited a hospital in Al-Hasa in eastern Saudi Arabia, where one outbreak sickened 23 people in April and May. Out of 217 people living in the same homes as the patients, five became infected, while two hospital workers did.

A total of 21 of the 23 cases were acquired by person to person transmission in hemodialysis units, intensive care units or in-patient units in three different health care facilities,” Perl’s team wrote.

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Read more here: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/new-middle-east-virus-spread-hospitals-6C10378925

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Some recent updates on MERS CoV from ProMed Mail:
(Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome - Corona Virus)

7/6/13 MERS, for Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome, is caused by a coronavirus, a relative of the virus that caused SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which originated in China and caused an international outbreak in 2003 that infected at least 8000 people and killed nearly 800.

Saudi Arabia has had the most patients so far (62), but cases have also originated in Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Travelers from the Arabian peninsula have taken the disease to Britain, France, Italy and Tunisia, and have infected a few people in those countries. Health experts are also worried about the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage that will draw millions of visitors to Saudi Arabia in October [2013].

The disease almost certainly originated with one or more people contracting the virus from animals -- probably bats -- but scientists do not know how many times that kind of spillover to humans has occurred, or how likely it is to keep happening.

There is urgency to the hunt for answers. Half the known cases have been fatal, though the real death rate is probably lower, because there almost certainly have been mild cases that have gone undetected. But the virus still worries health experts, because it can cause such severe disease and has shown an alarming ability to spread among patients in a hospital. It causes flulike symptoms that can progress to severe pneumonia.

Research is being done to discover the animal reservoir for this virus. In addition to bats, the research team has also tested camels, goats, sheep and cats, which might act as intermediate hosts, picking up the virus from bats and then infecting people. One reason for suspecting camels is that a MERS patient from the United Arab Emirates had been around a sick camel shortly before falling ill. But that animal was not tested.


7/17/13 the global total of laboratory confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection is 84 including 45 deaths. Of cases confirmed in Saudi Arabia, there are now 68 cases including 38 deaths. It appears that both (most recent) cases are most likely contact cases, the 1st (the 26 year old male) is identified as having contact with the previously confirmed case from Asir (see prior ProMED-mail post MERS-CoV - Eastern Mediterranean (41): Saudi Arabia, WHO 20130710.1815512). The 2nd case, the female resident working at a health department in Asir, suggests there may have been contact in the healthcare environment.

8/1/13 In discussing 3 new cases in Saudi Arabia, the report says:
"3 newly reported, confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection will raise the global case count to 94 including 46 deaths (when added to the 29 Jul 2013 WHO update information). As of 1 Aug 2013, the number of confirmed cases in Saudi Arabia is now 74 including 39 deaths. As previously seen, it appears as though serious clinical disease is seen with infected individuals having pre-existing co-morbidities, whereas clinical disease seems to be milder for those individuals previously healthy without pre-existing co-morbidities. While one suspects that the 2 health care workers acquired their infections in the healthcare setting, one wonders what the possible source of exposure was for the 3rd case; was this case infected by contact with the as yet unidentified source, or was this individual also exposed to other infected individuals in the healthcare setting while receiving care for the pre-existing co-morbidities?"


For a while I was seeing new reports every day on MERS CoV, but the above report from 8/1 is the most recent one as of now. Although the stated death rate of approximately 50% is high, it is noted frequently that there are almost certainly many mild cases that do not get reported which would mean the real death rate is considerably lower.

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Like you, Ruts, I had not seen anything on this in a while.

Read your post with interest this morning and then saw this on MSNBC. Very curious!


Camels eyed as source of deadly MERS outbreak

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People infected with a deadly virus that emerged in Saudi Arabia last year may have caught it from one-humped camels used in the region for meat, milk, transport and racing.

In a study into what kind of animal "reservoir" may be fuelling the outbreak in humans, scientists said they had found strong evidence it is widespread among dromedary camels in the Middle East.

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia, has been reported in people in the Gulf, France, Germany, Italy, Tunisia and Britain.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says 46 people have died out of a total 94 confirmed cases, the majority in Saudi Arabia.

"As new human cases of MERS-CoV continue to emerge, without any clues about the sources of infection except for people who caught it from other patients, these new results suggest that dromedary camels may be one reservoir," said Chantal Reusken of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in Bilthoven, the Netherlands, who led the study.

"There are different types of contact of humans with these animals that could lead to transmission of a virus."

Experts not involved in the study hailed its findings as a major step towards solving the mystery of the MERS virus and, ultimately, controlling it.

The WHO welcomed the study but said it had not provided any insight into how humans become infected. Most people with the disease became infected through contact with other people, while most of those not infected by other humans did not have contact with camels either, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.

"What this study has shown is antibodies in the camels, that means that camels have been infected at some point in time and that produced antibodies," he told a news briefing in Geneva on Friday.

"Now, to be sure that this is the same MERS coronavirus as it is in humans, we need to find the virus itself, not antibodies. So this would be the next step, to find the virus and identify it as the same one."

Other animal species may also be infected, he said.

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Read more here: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/camels-eyed-source-deadly-mers-outbreak-6C10881859

Makes one wonder about the OT dietary laws... :hmm

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yes, they mentioned camels among other possible animal reservoirs that they were investigating on ProMed Mail as well. I guess camels sound strange to us but they are a major indigenous animal to the region. Perhaps they haven't been studied as much as pigs, say, ferrets, birds, in the past. It's fairly easy to eradicate chickens but imagine wiping out whole herds of camels! It would decimate the economy of certain regions and peoples. As I say that though I realize that killing millions of chickens was disastrous for Indonesia and other regions. Nasty stuff.

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Yep and drink camel milk, too.

Gotta remember this is a desert environment and not conducive to herding animals.

I've been scared of camels my whole life! There is just something soooo creepy about them and I just can't quite get over it. My Dad tried to get me to ride one as a little girl at the zoo.

Nuh huh - no way - ain't happen'! :crylaugh :spit :nono

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from ProMed Mail:

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) - update - 27 Dec 2013
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On [20 Dec 2013], WHO has been informed of 4 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Saudi Arabia.

Two cases are female health workers from Riyadh who have not reported any symptoms.

The 3rd case is a 53-year-old male from Riyadh with underlying chronic diseases. He was hospitalized on [26 Nov 2013] and is currently receiving treatment in an intensive care unit. He had no exposure to animals and no travel history outside Riyadh region. He had contact with a confirmed case.

The 4th case is a 73-year-old male from Riyadh with underlying chronic diseases who died on [18 Dec 2013], 3 days after being hospitalized. He had exposure to animals but no travel history.

Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 170 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 72 deaths.

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Qatar says MERS-CoV-infected camels now virus-free
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A camel herd in Qatar that had Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections associated with 2 human MERS cases now seems to be free of the virus, Qatari authorities reported yesterday [29 Dec 2013] via the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

"The samples from the same herd tested using the same technique were negative and this may show that MERS-CoV infection in camels is a self-limiting disease," a Qatari agriculture official said in the OIE report.

Camels are the leading suspects in the hunt for the source of MERS-CoV in humans, but the case against them is not yet clear.

So far, 3 animal species have been found suspected to be involved in the epidemiology of MERS-CoV: initially, bats (Egyptian tomb bat, _Taphozous perforatus_) and dromedary camels (_Camelus dromedarius_) have been suspected, based upon the discovery of a fragment of viral genetic material matching the MERS-CoV in one bat from Saudi Arabia, and the above described findings in camels in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. More recently, domestic goats (_Capra hircus_) have been added to the list following the demonstration of replicative capacity of MERS-CoV in goats' kidney and lung cell lines, compared to other species (see ProMED-mail archive no. 20131219.2126531).

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