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Middle East respiratory syndrome-coronavirus

Jun 2, 2013   //   by David   //   Blog, Pandemics  //  No Comments

Although things have gone slightly quiet on the H7N9 front, another threat has been going the rounds so I thought I would add it to the blog.

This is the snappily titled MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus).

It seems to have been first discovered in Saudi Arabia and has been found in one or two other places including France, although all the cases appear to have a base starting point in the Middle East.

This is not flu, but more similar to the SARS outbreak of some years ago.

Number are again very small and at this stage there are no extra actions being advised by the WHO.

Their recent update can be found here:

http://www.who.int/csr/don/2013_05_29_ncov/en/index.html

So was Tamiflu worth it?

May 21, 2013   //   by David   //   Blog, Pandemics  //  No Comments

Anyone who has been on my full pandemic course will know that I pointed out lots of issues around Tamiflu (such as how quickly it needed to be administered etc.)

It was probably the main treatment available and I suppose there was a sound reason why the UK Government bought large stocks, but now the true cost has been published.

Of course we have to take in to account that H5N1 was not as bad as many predicted so maybe Governments can’t win!  You buy too much you have wasted money, you don’t buy enough and you threaten lives.

This BBC story covers the details:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22608671

H7N9 Seems to be Contained

May 17, 2013   //   by David   //   Blog, Pandemics  //  No Comments

According to the World Health Organisation there appears to be a decreasing level of spread:

The number of human cases appears to have decreased after closure of live animal markets

I have attached to this post details of the full WHO assessment for April – May 2013

RiskAssessment_H7N9_10May13

If you have any trouble reading it please email me on david.hutcheson@glenabbot.co.uk

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