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Beware! Travel Warning for MERS Virus
MERS VIRUS=Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (it attacks the respiratory system).
Federal health officials posted warnings about MERS at select airports in the United States following the diagnosis of a case of the Middle East respiratory syndrome in the country last week.
Three cases have been reported so far in the United States, including two health care workers who returned from Saudi Arabia and an Illinois man who met and shook hands with one of the infected health care workers.
The health advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises travelers to wash their hands and avoid touching their face and contact with sick people in order to prevent spreading germs. It urges travelers who develop symptoms of the virus — including breathing, difficulties, a fever and a cough — within 14 days of visiting the Arabian Peninsula to contact a doctor and discuss the trip.
There is no vaccine or cure and the virus can be fatal in up to one-third of cases. There have been more than 570 confirmed cases around the globe and 171 deaths since the virus was first found in the Arabian Peninsula in 2012, according to the World Health Organization.
According to the CDC, the highest likelihood of contracting the virus is in the Arabian Peninsula and Middle Eastern countries such as Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, the Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The 22 airports with CDC advisory posters about MERS are: New York (JFK and LGA); Newark (EWR); Los Angeles (LAX); Chicago (ORD); Washington, D.C. (IAD); Houston (IAH); Dallas (DFW); Atlanta (ATL); San Francisco (SFO); Seattle (SEA); Miami (MIA); Denver (DEN); Boston (BOS); Orlando (MCO); Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP); Detroit (DTW); San Diego (SAN); Philadelphia (PHL); Charlotte (CLT); Las Vegas (LAS); and Baltimore (BWI).
Terrance Zepke studied Journalism at the University of Tennessee and later received a Master's Degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina. She has studied Parapsychology at the renowned Rhine Research Center. She began her career as a freelance writer and photographer, ... [ Read more ]