A New Virus, which recently popped up in the Middle East, has researchers very worried because they can’t figure out exactly how it’s spreading, or why the mortality rate is so high among those who have become infected.
While the virus is so far only responsible for 49 known infections, of those infected over half have died. Strangely, the World Health Organization is already saying this virus could be a threat to the entire world.
The new virus, named Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, is a SARS-like virus that causes flu-like symptoms. The virus turns deadly when it attacks infected victims respiratory systems which can then lead to pneumonia and kidney failure.
So far a majority of the cases have all come out of the Arabian Peninsula, but health experts from the WHO say infections are now starting to show up in other areas of the world. Local transmissions are now being reported in France and the United Kingdom and health officials still have no idea how this virus spreads,or how to prevent future infections.
WHO’s general director said Monday, the virus is “a threat to the entire world.”
At the same time, Health officials in Alabama are reporting a mysterious new respiratory illness that has killed two people in southeast Alabama, and caused five other hospitalizations. Local health officials have no idea what this disease is or where it originated.
Considering the fact that two new and mysterious respiratory illnesses have popped up at the same time, this is probably something that we should all keep an eye on. The world is becoming increasingly more likely to see a major pandemic event; if history shows us anything, it’s not a matter of if, but when.
If you haven’t read our article on, “How to protect yourself from pandemic outbreaks,” I suggest taking a quick look to see if your prepared to deal with the threat.