Warning to Health Authority – MERS Virus Outbreak in UK
Submitted by Robert D. Lucas, Ph.D
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has just gotten rid of an infection of MRSA S.aureus. Getting rid of the infection would have cost a tidy sum of money.
I have attached an article from the Daily Mail, UK
. The article deals with returning Muslim pilgrims from Saudi Arabia who have contracted the deadly disease MERS. It has been reported that some Barbadians have gone to Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage. As a microbiologist all I will say is that Barbados has to be very vigilant about allowing people from Nigeria and Pakistan and other countries. where polio and TB continue to pose problems into its territory. Dealing with MERS is going to be in some aspects similar to handling Ebola.At this point in time,I do not think Barbados is any position to deal with additional problems.
Extract from the Mail UK article:
Patient is Diagnosed with Killer MERS Virus Leeds
A patient from the Middle East is being treated for the killer MERS virus in England, health officials have today confirmed.
Public Health England said the unidentified patient was diagnosed at a hospital in Leeds, before being moved to a specialist centre in Liverpool.
The Government-run body is now scrambling to contact passengers who were on the same plane from Saudi Arabia to Manchester as the patient, amid fears they may also be infected.
MERS, caused by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, kills a third of those it strikes. It is considered one of the 10 most urgent threats to humanity by the World Health Organization, as it has no cure.