Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/1/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

MERS-CoV isn't ringing alarms - yet, but officials are watching.

A new disease is stalking humanity and it has a chilling attributes, enough so the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control are warning the public to be on alert. Both the WHO and CDC are issuing daily updates about MERS-CoV, a new disease with a mortality rate that surpasses fifty-percent. The disease can easily spread from person-to-person.

Saudi residents are already taking extensive precautions against the disease including face masks. Most of the victims so far have come from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi residents are already taking extensive precautions against the disease including face masks. Most of the victims so far have come from Saudi Arabia.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

6/1/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Health

ATLANTA, GA (Catholic Online) - So far there are no unusual warnings or precautions advised, but officials are watching the situation intently and issuing daily updates. So far, the new disease, labeled, MERS-CoV, has infected at least 50 people and claimed 30 lives.

The sixty percent mortality rate is more alarming when understood that the MERS-CoV is easily spread from person-to-person.

Known officially as Middle East respiratory syndrome, the disease is a coronavirus, which is the same kind of virus that causes the common old. According to reports, it is spread just as easily and has been found in several countries including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Tunisia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. In Europe, cases have been reported in England, France, and Germany.

Doctors think it could be related to SARS, a deadly disease that spread globally, but has not been detected since 2004.

New cases are being identified daily, but so far, the number remains quite low.

MERS-CoV leads to symptoms that are similar to the common cold, with fever, cough, and shortness of breath. However, victims may also die.

Many diseases with high mortality, such as Ebola for example, kill quickly and are easily observed, so the disease typically does not spread very far, especially in places where basic medical procedures are followed to stop it. Other diseases can spread much more easily, such as the common cold, but they have low mortality rates or are largely benign.

It is rare that a disease emerges with both high lethality and ease of infection. Doctors are concerned that MERS-CoV could be such a disease. The world will soon see if cases continue to report. One fear is that many of the sick will confuse their symptoms with the common old and not seek treatment, meanwhile spreading the deadly virus to others. In such a case, a spike in incidents should occur. So far, this has not been observed.

That lack of observation suggest the disease may not be as lethal as feared, or it may be confined to a small number of victims.

For now, people who have traveled recently to the Middle East, where the virus is suspected to have originated, are encouraged to inform healthcare providers if they show signs of illness.

Medical facilities are also being encouraged to obtain samples and forward them to the CDC if any suspicious deaths occur that could be related to MERS-CoV.

Travelers are asked to carry and use hand sanitizer, to avoid contact with sick persons, and to follow common sense procedures. Vaccines should be up to date prior to any travel.

If persons are sick, they are advised to cover their coughs and sneezes, to use disposable tissues, and to avoid contact with others. Sick persons should contact their doctor if their symptoms worsen or are prolonged beyond those normally associated with the common cold.

Doctors are particularly warned to be on watch for anyone who develops acute lower respiratory illness within 10 days of travel from the Middle East.

There are no official warnings or restrictions in place at this time, but authorities are keeping a close watch on the situation. Daily updates are being issued through both the CDC and WHO websites.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Health

Buying your way to immortality? British super-rich engaging in experimental schemes Watch

Image of Omniya clinic in Knightsbridge offers lots of costly items that prolong youth - and in some cases, life itself.


Money, they say, cannot buy happiness - but many of England's super rich are investing in cellular rejuvenation to buy themselves some extra years on their mortality clock. Omniya clinic in Knightsbridge offers lots of costly items that prolong youth - and in ... continue reading

3 things you need to know NOW about the 'last resort' drug Watch

Image of


The number of drug-resistant infections has been increasing over the past decade, to the point where hospitals must now turn to what is called a "last resort" drug. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Everyone knows that it is important to take antibiotics according to ... continue reading

Editas Medicine to create the first genetically modified HUMANS in 2017 Watch

Image of Editing genes can cure disease, but it also raises new ethical questions.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The first genetically modified humans could exist within just two years, according to an American biotech firm that plans to begin trials on humans. The groundbreaking treatments could cure a number of major ailments, but could also be used for more sinister purposes ... continue reading

Groundbreaking blood test predicts kidney disease FIVE YEARS BEFORE symptoms appear Watch

Image of A simple blood test can predict kidney disease five years before kidney damage begins.


Kidney disease affects 3.9 million adults across America, resulting in the deaths of 47,112 people. While current blood tests are able to detect renal disease at the onset of symptoms, a new blood test can predict a patient's risk of developing chronic kidney disease ... continue reading

TERMINAL TAPEWORM: Colombian man found to have tapeworm that contributed cancer cells Watch

Image of Intestinal parasites that latch into human hosts, tapeworms are easily treated with medication and usually don't pose any overt health threats.


Intestinal parasites that latch into human hosts, tapeworms are easily treated with medication and usually don't pose any overt health threats. However, a HIV-positive Colombian man was found upon biopsy to have had a tapeworm that carried a host of cancerous ... continue reading

Drugs deadlier than guns, firearms: Where is the War on Drugs really fought? The answer will CREEP you out Watch

Image of Prescription drug overdose is a major killer in the United States.


Drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency, with 46,471 people dying in 2013, the latest year for which data is available.  But there is one thing that nobody realizes about the War on Drugs, ... continue reading

Toddler's aggressive cancer unbelievably cured with experimental treatment never-before-used on humans Watch

Image of Layla Richards survived an aggressive form of leukaemia after being treated with genetically engineered immune cells (GOSH/PA).


The first person in the world to be treated with a cure for cancer was a British baby named Layla Richards. Richards had an aggressive case of leukemia and no other treatments worked so the family turned to the experimental genetically engineered immune cells that had ... continue reading

'They can't scream': Terrifying new revelation from mother and daughter who PERFORM genital mutilations on little girls Watch

Image of Over one-million girls and women in the US and Europe alone have been affected by FGM.


Female genital mutilation has been outlawed in most countries, but in Nairobi, Kenya the practice remains ongoing. The gruesome "surgery" is done by "cutters," who work on African natives as well as young British girls who undergo the horrific procedure during their ... continue reading

101 shocking things that cause cancer - You won't believe #19! Watch

Image of The World Health Organization provided a list of 116 chemicals and activities that show signs they could cause cancer.


The World Health Organization, also known as WHO, has compiled a list of 101 things that can cause cancer -and the list may surprise you. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - WHO officials claim 50 grams of processed meat each day, which amounts to less than a single ... continue reading

The shocking story of how one woman became a zombie - and came back to tell the tale Watch

Image of


A rare illness dubbed "walking corpse syndrome" leaves people living as if they were zombies. Patients are unable to relate to the world around them, often believe they have died and often suffer depression. Esmé Weijun Wang wrote the essay "Perdition Days," in which ... continue reading

All Health News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • 5 unbelievable times children taught us to be better human beings
  • Prayer For Courage HD
  • Couple heartbroken after doctor performs abortion without mother's ...
  • Advent Wreath Prayer HD
  • 'Domestic terrorism': 5 People shot during Black Lives Matter protest ...
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, November ...
  • Daily Readings for Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
1 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for his noblemen, a thousand of ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67
62 Bless the Lord, sun and moon, praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:12-19
12 'But before all this happens, you will be seized and persecuted; you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 25th, 2015 Image

St. Catherine of Alexandria
November 25: St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr ... Read More