SEOUL, South Korea — It is the jewel of South Korea’s medical service: a 1,900-bed hospital of steel and glass owned by the famous Samsung conglomerate.
It also is where a 35-year-old man whose symptoms were misdiagnosed as pneumonia languished for three days in an overcrowded emergency room and hallway, where he coughed up sputum teeming with the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus and exposed dozens.
MERS coronavirus a bigger threat to Australia than Ebola, experts say MERS Death In Germany: Man Infected During Trip To Abu Dhabi Dies Due To Complications From Virus Israel girds for possible MERS virus outbreak World Health Organization (WHO) will hold an emergency session to address the “large and complex” MERS outbreak.
MERS, which surfaced three years ago, is not well understood. Because the virus is still fairly new, doctors and scientists do not know its exact source or mode of transmission.
But it is not easily transmitted from person to person.
MERS is contracted through close contact with an ill person, usually by living with, or caring for, him or her, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The case that began the South Korean outbreak hit on May 20. The vast majority of the cases are hospital clusters. MERS fear Guangzhou, in south China, four Koreans from that same flight to Hong Kong, were released from quarantine.
United States. Both were health workers who lived in Saudi Arabia.
Hong Kong has issued a red alert warning against travel to South Korea, which is battling an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers).
The warning means South Korea is considered to pose significant threats to tourism, and Hong Kong residents are advised to cancel non-essential travel. “Please understand this is an unavoidable measure for the sake of our neighbors and families,” Deputy Prime Minister Choi Kyung-hwan told a news briefing in the central city of Sejong, where he announced the plan to track the mobile phones of people under quarantine to ensure they stay at home.
South Korean authorities will track the cellphones of hundreds of people under quarantine to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) roughly 5% of the world’s population.
The estimates above call for a flu pandemic with a mortality rate of approximately 2%. But, as we have seen with pathogen mutations as of late, the mortality rate may be underestimated and could far exceed what the government predicts.
The H7N9 airborne virus, first identified in Asia earlier this year, has seen a mortality rate of 20%, leaving researchers examining the virus to conclude that we “should definitely be alarmed and get prepared for the worst-case scenario”
The Department of Defense (DOD) Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza (DIP) directs DOD to prepare for, detect, respond to and contain the effect of a pandemic on military forces, DOD civilians, DOD contractors, dependents and beneficiaries. martial law is part of the response plan it should now be clear.
disaster would come complete with a total lock-down of infected regions, which would essentially include every major American metropolitan area and thoroughfares into and out of the cities. hazmat suit no travel, no grocery shopping trips, and no going outside; in essence a 24-hour round-the-clock curfew. rules or have no home to retreat to will likely be interned inFederal Emergency Management Agency refugee camps, much like the small (but ineffective) centers we saw pop up in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
planet, a virus is mutating. Perhaps it is on a chicken farm in China, or a pilgrimage in the middle east, or it may be spreading through a school in your neighborhood. Viruses and bacteria are evolving. They’re getting stronger, more contagious, and they are becoming resistant to modern medicines.