How to Avoid the MERS Virus

The MERS virus has already killed over 35 percent of the people around the world that have contracted it. There is no vaccine for it currently. Therefore, the only real way to avoid getting the virus is by taking as many preventative measures as possible.

MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is a viral respiratory illness believed to be from camels that is now affecting humans. It was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia and that is why it gets its name as it originated or was found in the Middle East.

Unfortunately, the illness did not stay localized. It has spread to many other nations including South Korea which has the largest outbreak of it outside of the Middle East. It has begun to affect people in the United States.

The primary symptoms mimic the flu but have more of a tendency to end up like pneumonia. These symptoms include a fever of over 100 degrees F, cough, nausea, diarrhea, shortness of breath, chills, body aches, sore throat headache, vomiting, and kidney failure. Kidney failure is the most notable symptom as the others are nearly exact to the SARS illness that broke out in the early 2000%u2019s, but with SARS there was no kidney failure. The MERS virus can progress quickly into pneumonia.

While there is no vaccine for it, a vaccine is being worked on according to the World Health Organization. If a person suspects they have the illness, they not only should visit their doctor right away but the doctor should also report the MERS to the appropriate medical authorities.

Those with compromised immune systems, infants, and the elderly are most susceptible to the illness. The best way to avoid it is by taking the same precautions one would to avoid colds and flu. Wash your hands regularly, stay away from anyone who exhibits symptoms of the illness, and be especially vigilant when traveling abroad.

The US cases are believed to have come from patients who had recently been in countries where MERS is most prevalent. The illness is not necessarily deadly as long as it is caught early. Treatment does not include anything specific except having a doctor or team of doctors oversee the patient%u2019s progress and work to keep him or her comfortable.

Use vigilance to stay healthy. Do this especially when traveling to countries where the outbreak is severe.

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