When traveling, people can reduce their risk for infection by washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (hum the "Happy Birthday" song twice), cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, avoiding contact with the eyes, nose and mouth if your hands are unwashed, and avoid close contact like sharing foods or kissing with sick people. … [Read more...] about MERS spreading in Middle East, Europe: Should Americans worry?
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The U.S. health agency advised travelers to take preventive steps to reduce risk of getting sick, including washing their hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if those are not available, avoiding close contact with sick people and keeping their hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth. … [Read more...] about New coronavirus from Middle East infects French citizen
"It's a logical possibility to consider any animals present in the region in large numbers," said coronavirus expert Dr. Ralph Baric, an associate research professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Biologists now need to go into the area and take samples from any animals they can get their hands on, including camels and goats," he said. Baric said it was crucial to find out how widespread the virus is in animals and what kind of contact might be risky for people. … [Read more...] about Middle East SARS-like mystery virus may come from animals
One person who recovered from the illness tested negative while lab results are pending for the other family member, who died. Health officials always keep a close eye on any clusters of unusual viruses within families, since they may suggest the possibility of human-to-human spread. … [Read more...] about World Health Organization: Six confirmed cases of SARS-like coronavirus in Middle East
New SARS-like virus detected in Middle EastHajj pilgrims not at risk for SARS-like virus, official saysMiddle East SARS-like mystery virus may come from animalsThe germ is a coronavirus, from a family of viruses that cause the common cold, as well as SARS - the severe acute respiratory syndrome that killed some 800 people, mostly in Asia, in a 2003 epidemic. … [Read more...] about Third person sickened by SARS-like mystery virus in Middle East