Health experts have said that all of America has nothing to fear from MERS. In fact, they have nothing to fear but fear itself!
MERS or Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome had a sudden outbreak in Seoul recently. The Korean travel agents are worried sick regarding the health hazard. MERS is a rare flu of sorts that has spread to infect 138 individuals and it has led to the death of 14.
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The recent outbreak began in South Korea and while travel agents are giving passengers and tourists from the USA the option to cancel flights, the danger is negligible.
Over 1/5th to 1/3rd of the Yanks entering South Korea had rescinded from their plans of visiting the country. The alternatives are always open to the Americans and whether they want to run the risk of infection or avoid any contact with the populace where the disease is rampant is their option alone.
But the experts have pointed out that there is little danger of getting infected. You may visit the country and go anywhere you like there. Americans may meet the people and eat the food as well as drink the water without any fear of contracting MERS.
"You're not going to get it," Laurene Mascola, chief of the acute communicable disease control program for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, told LATimes. "Go about your business. Eat Korean food. Visit Korea."
MERS began its journey of infection from Saudi Arabia three years ago. Its symptoms include a feverish condition, problems with respiration and kidney ailments. Coughing is the main method of spreading the disease.
There have been only two cases of Americans being infected with MERS. And both these cases survived so there is no need to get worried. The problem with such fearsome new illnesses is that rumor and propaganda play a large role in increasing the rate of alarmism among the people.
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MERS bears an uncanny similarity to SARS which claimed many more lives in its heyday. Part of the precautionary measures for MERS are hygiene and prophylaxis.