World Health Organization Urges Vigilance Over Deadly SARS-like Virus

WHO urges vigilance over new deadly SARS-like virus

Breathe in. Feel the air pass through your nostrils and move into your nose. Your diaphragm contracts, pulling the air deep into your chest. Oxygen floods into tiny cavities in your lungs and travels into your capillaries, ready to fuel every cell in your body. You’re alive.

So is that breath you just took. When we inhale, our nostrils capture millions of invisible particles. These specks in turn host a teeming community of bacteria and viruses. A few types may trigger allergies or asthma. Or even more rare are inhaled pathogens that are themselves the agents of diseases, such as SARS, tuberculosis, and influenza.

Most of the microbes in the air do us little or no harm. Viruses – much smaller than bacteria but far more numerous than all other life-forms combined – were discovered not much more than a century ago, and the invention of antibiotics have kept them at bay… until recently. The widespread use of antibiotics have enabled the mutation of Superbug strains, resistant to any known antibiotics.

Over recent years we have witnessed more and more examples of viruses difficult to treat, a high mortality rate, and risk of transmission. In today’s modern world of high speed travel, one can understand how quickly it could get out of hand. In a matter of weeks a contagious virus could go from a few dozen cases to full blown pandemic.

The World Health Organization on Saturday urged countries to be vigilant over the spread of a potentially fatal SARS-like virus after a new case in Britain brought the global number to 12, with five of them fatal – an apparent 42% mortality rate.

“Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns,” the United Nations health agency said in a statement.

Britain’s Health Protection Agency said the latest person to contract the virus was a relative of two other cases announced earlier this week, indicating transmissibility.

A pandemic IS survivable. It requires that you stay out of contact with other humans. In order to successfully do so, you will need a cache of food and supplies in your home to sustain you through the pandemic period. A pandemic is yet another reason to prep and be prepared. When the time comes that the public at large is aware, it will mostly be too late to safely go out and stock up food and supplies. Better to do it now…

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