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WHO: New Virus Has Pandemic Potential (60% mortality -Haj pilgrims at greatest risk)
Voice of America ^ | June 10, 2013

Posted on 06/14/2013 12:13:31 AM PDT by presidio9

The World Health Organization is asking health workers around the world to be on alert for symptoms of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus.

Monday's warning came as WHO officials ended a six-day investigation in Saudi Arabia, where 40 of the 55 cases of the respiratory disease have occurred. Sixty percent of those people with known infections died.

The United Nations agency is concerned that the MERS virus might spread among pilgrims expected to visit holy sites in Saudi Arabia next month during Ramadan, or the millions more expected in October for the annual Hajj to Mecca.

Officials are also worried that guest workers in the kingdom could carry the virus home to other countries, possibly causing a global pandemic.

Travelers have carried the virus to Britain, France, Germany and Italy. Infected people have also been found in Jordan, Qatar, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mers; pandemic; pandemics; potential; religionofpeace; virus; who

1 posted on 06/14/2013 12:13:31 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

The only safe place is Japan...


2 posted on 06/14/2013 12:18:32 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: presidio9
A virus that kills Saudis.

Oh no.


3 posted on 06/14/2013 12:21:30 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: GraceG
Well, we all know whose gonna get blamed for this:

4 posted on 06/14/2013 12:51:14 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: presidio9

What a nasty bunch.


5 posted on 06/14/2013 1:00:52 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Impala64ssa


6 posted on 06/14/2013 1:07:02 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: presidio9

Inshala. So bad. So Sad. So what?


7 posted on 06/14/2013 1:11:18 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Safetgiver

Because the virus won’t stop at Muslims.


8 posted on 06/14/2013 1:18:37 AM PDT by balch3
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To: balch3

Looks like we’ll have to ‘socially distance’ from Muslims.

Hey I do that already!


9 posted on 06/14/2013 1:24:54 AM PDT by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: balch3

Islam is the primary virus. There is not a new virus, infecting haji’s. This is a UN propaganda excuse to actually fund the muslim trek to the rock. It happens every year.


10 posted on 06/14/2013 1:35:03 AM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: presidio9

This is why the amnesty bill working its way through Congress must be killed. Everybody is focusing their attention on the dirt-poor Mexican peasants jumping the fence in search of a better life. But if this amnesty bill passes, they’ll be flooding into the United States from all over the world. Especially the Middle East, because Obama has already made it be known that they will get preferential treatment.


11 posted on 06/14/2013 1:35:35 AM PDT by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: balch3

Because Obama wants to import Syrians here by the thousands.
Like letting infected rats into a village.


12 posted on 06/14/2013 2:21:08 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: RedHeeler

A virus infecting a virus.....funny


13 posted on 06/14/2013 2:36:48 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (yesterdays conspiracies are todays truths)
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To: presidio9

Lets invite thousands of people from the middle east (syria) to come live here. What could possibly go wrong?


14 posted on 06/14/2013 3:20:56 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: presidio9

Lets invite thousands of people from the middle east (syria) to come live here. What could possibly go wrong?


15 posted on 06/14/2013 3:20:57 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: agere_contra
Looks like we’ll have to ‘socially distance’ from Muslims.

See, there's a reason to be Islamophobic.

16 posted on 06/14/2013 3:22:40 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: presidio9

No doubt the infidel scientists have created a virus to kill all muzzlems.


17 posted on 06/14/2013 3:24:02 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: presidio9

FWIW the MERS-CoV appears to have origins and persistence in Jordan.

http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/case-def.html

This one is worth watching.

Paging Captain Trips ...


18 posted on 06/14/2013 4:04:49 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Blueflag

M.O.O.N. that spells SCARY.


19 posted on 06/14/2013 4:12:24 AM PDT by desertsolitaire (M.O.O.N. that spells SCARY.)
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To: desertsolitaire

Cue intro from HBO series ‘True Blood’ for surreal effect and general uneasiness.


20 posted on 06/14/2013 4:14:29 AM PDT by desertsolitaire (M.O.O.N. that spells SCARY.)
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To: presidio9

Someone’s bio-weapon has escaped?


21 posted on 06/14/2013 4:17:49 AM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: presidio9
Haj pilgrims at greatest risk

awwww, what a shame......

22 posted on 06/14/2013 4:41:43 AM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Feckless
Haj pilgrims at greatest risk
awwww, what a shame......

That would be fine except that they return from haj.
Some of them return to the United States.
23 posted on 06/14/2013 4:45:31 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: jespasinthru

It’s a miracle that some dread disease has not spread across the globe with all of the wars, natural disasters, movements of people, and food safety issues that have occurred.


24 posted on 06/14/2013 4:50:31 AM PDT by grania
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To: Impala64ssa

Juice is in prison in Colorado

How is he a threat?


25 posted on 06/14/2013 4:58:33 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: presidio9

BTW, Obama wants to allow thousands of Syrian ‘refugees’ access to our population.

What could go wrong?


26 posted on 06/14/2013 7:39:50 AM PDT by RideForever
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