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Mystery Virus That's Killed 47 Is Tied to Bats in Saudi Arabia


Health & Wellness  (tags: children, death, disease, health, healthcare, illness, humans, investigation, medicine, protection, prevention, research, safety, science, society, treatment, warning, study, risks )

JL
- 343 days ago - nytimes.com
So it is possible, said Dr. Jonathan H. Epstein, a veterinarian with the EcoHealth Alliance who helped trap the bats, that victims, like shepherds who might seek shelter in the buildings, picked it up by breathing in dried bat guano-- similar to the way t



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JL A. (272)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:15 pm
"Health officials confirmed Wednesday that bats in Saudi Arabia were the source of the mysterious virus that has sickened 96 people in the Middle East, killing 47 of them.

The outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, has been going on for 15 months, with most victims falling ill in Saudi Arabia and others growing sick after having traveled to the Middle East. In a study released Wednesday, an international team of doctors blamed coronavirus in bats for the human outbreak, but said that many questions remained, in part because a perfect match for the virus was found in only a single insect-eating bat out of about 100 Saudi bats tested. And since such bats do not normally bite people, drool on fruit or do other things that might transmit the disease to people, it was still unclear how the virus leapt to humans.

The bat is a Taphozous perforatus, or Egyptian tomb bat, which roosts in abandoned buildings, and the virus was found in a fecal sample.

So it is possible, said Dr. Jonathan H. Epstein, a veterinarian with the EcoHealth Alliance who helped trap the bats, that victims, like shepherds who might seek shelter in the buildings, picked it up by breathing in dried bat guano — similar to the way that Americans have been infected with hantavirus while sweeping up dried mouse droppings. "

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Freya H. (301)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:16 pm
The bats' revenge?
 

Vicky P. (462)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:34 pm
sad
 

GGmaSheila D. (134)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 9:01 pm
I suppose this means people there will now go on bat killing sprees...I sincerely hope not. Noted with thanks.
 

JL A. (272)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 9:09 pm
You are welcome GGma--I hope not, too. You cannot currently send a star to GGma Sheila because you have done so within the last day.
 

cathie S. (149)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 11:43 pm

Thank you for the story noted n shared
 

Mari 's (1365)
Friday August 23, 2013, 6:56 am
Poor bats!! Something needs to be done!! :(
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:38 am

This reads like the doctors are concerned about a possible pandemic but are afraid to actually speak to that possibility. We have a very mobile world with people moving in and out of countries for business and other travel needs. We should pay careful attention to all possibilities, without fear and hysteria and for meat eaters loud demands about better meat inspections would be a good defense. Thanks J L interesting article.
 

JL A. (272)
Friday August 23, 2013, 9:41 am
You are welcome Cathie and Kit.
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Carol D. (104)
Friday August 23, 2013, 10:43 am
We had the first case of that over here from someone went back on holiday but its been kept pretty quiet
Hope we dont start getting loads of people bringing this disease back
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday August 23, 2013, 11:37 am
Pretty scary. Thanks JL.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Friday August 23, 2013, 12:12 pm
Thank you.
 

JL A. (272)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:38 pm
You are welcome Robert and Shanti.
You cannot currently send a star to Carol because you have done so within the last day.
 

Debra Tate (17)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:01 pm
Noted
 

Patricia H. (468)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 5:57 am
noted
 

Ruth S. (314)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 12:51 pm
I say that its just an excuse for them to start killing Bats!
 

Jo S. (481)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 3:27 pm
I couldn't agree more with Kit, very wise lady!
Noted & shared.
Thanks J L
 
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