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2013-07-03 Arabia
Saudis annouce two new deaths from MERS
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Posted by lord garth 2013-07-03 08:40|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [488 views ]  Top

#1 Definitely transmitting P2P.

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Posted by phil_b 2013-07-03 13:56||   2013-07-03 13:56|| Front Page Top

#2 as has been pointed out previously in Rantburg, MERS kills its victims quickly thus limiting the transmission somewhat

as to the P2P, the matter is in dispute

Posted by lord garth 2013-07-03 16:39||   2013-07-03 16:39|| Front Page Top

#3 As long as they don't blame the Juice for it, we know it's not really serious.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2013-07-03 16:45||   2013-07-03 16:45|| Front Page Top

#4 80% of cases are male. Believed the veil protects women. Clear evidence of P2P aerial transmission for me.
Posted by phil_b 2013-07-03 17:12||   2013-07-03 17:12|| Front Page Top

#5 I dunno, Phil. Could be salivary-fluid transmission.
Posted by Pappy 2013-07-03 17:38||   2013-07-03 17:38|| Front Page Top

#6 the 80% male infection stat may be based on the fact that males get out of the house more and are thus exposed to bat dung dust or whatever
Posted by lord garth 2013-07-03 18:22||   2013-07-03 18:22|| Front Page Top

#7 It's believed there is an unknown animal vector between bats and people, but the only other mammal known to carry the virus are pigs and not many of them in SA. Also Arabs are not big on pets.

A more likely scenario IMO, is a low virulence strain is widespread and just produces cold like symptoms. This strain occasionally mutates into a high virulence strain. Whether the high virulence strain can spread P2P is unknown.
Posted by phil_b 2013-07-03 18:36||   2013-07-03 18:36|| Front Page Top

#8 "Come for the hajj. Leave with a hacking cough and fever"
Posted by Frank G 2013-07-03 21:22||   2013-07-03 21:22|| Front Page Top

#9 "Visit Mecca - it's to die for."
Posted by Pappy 2013-07-03 22:01||   2013-07-03 22:01|| Front Page Top

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