If these following report is accurate, not only are Islamic Pilgrims in danger, but also their friends, neighbors, and co-workers in their nations of origin. Take a look at the following, via Front Page…
If I were a Muslim pondering going into the suicide bomber business in the hopes of an afterlife full of virgins and fresh dates, this is the sort of thing that might make me reconsider a career in air conditioner repair instead.
Saudi Arabia is the centre of an outbreak of the deadly new virus, named Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, that is similar to the SARS virus that killed hundreds of people world-wide in the early 2000s and infected thousands more.
Vicky Sheppeard, the director of the Communicable Disease Branch within NSW Health, said the gathering of more than 3 million people in one place drastically increases the risk of disease.
So far the World Health Organisation says there have been 94 laboratory-confirmed and 16 probable cases of human infection with the virus, and approximately half of the people who have contracted it have died.
The head of the clinical research team at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, Professor Robert Booy, told Fairfax that the more infections that occurred, the more likely the virus was to mutate.
”The people who are getting the virus at the moment are dying of pneumonia, and one in two of them are dying,” he said.
Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, previously called MERS a “threat to the entire world”.
Here is my concern, every Muslim is obligated to go on the Haj once in their lifetime, so at any given time, there are a ton of people there. However, they go, do what they are obligated to do, and then return. Why my concern? Read this, from Forbes…
In the first reported case of MERS in France, a 64-year-old French gentleman who had previously traveled to Dubai in early to mid April, died on May 28. It turns out that his hospital roommate also was diagnosed with MERS, but did not have previous travel in the Middle East, evidence that close contact may be a risk factor for spread of the virus.
Now, according to data obtained from these patients, and published online in the Lancet May 29, it appears as though MERS may incubate in patients for a longer duration than doctors previously believed. The bottom line is that patients who are suspected of having MERS may ultimately need to be quarantined or isolated for longer periods to confirm that they are not infected with the virus.
The new study was completed by investigators who visited the two ill French patients, and represents the first in depth clinical review of MERS. It turns out that the hospital roommates shared the same room for three days. The doctors noted that the virus in the second patient had an incubation period of 9- 12 days. The incubation was previously reported to be 1-9 days.
So, someone can be infected in Mecca, not know that they are infected, return home, and then infect others. This could be a very bad situation.