New virus to be called MERS-CoV

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    Just want to thank you for taking precautions for the public.

    I once was at work and someone had turburculosis and the person did not want to leave work and the employer also did not want the person to leave work. The person was hacking and coughing all over the place for days. It was incredible and I almost walked out myself.

    I just avoided the person but it was scary day after day like that.
     
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    A sixth patient has died.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-33038795

    I naively thought that all of the sick people in SK contracted MERS at the hospital where the first case was treated and that the infection was confined to that hospital.

    This bit from later in the article is very concerning as it would suggest that the genie is well and truly out of the bottle:

    That is a lot of healthcare facilities with staff,patients and relatives to try and contain.
     
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    On the subject of infection control, have just returned from a cruise and the level of unfettered coughing, snorting and sneezing we encountered on the various 'planes, ships, boats and coaches we travelled in was really grim.

    No one appeared to bother covering their mouth - no one. Disgusting.

    One good thing I noticed on the cruise ship was the signs in the public toilets exhorting people to use a paper towel when exiting to avoid undoing all the good work of washing their hands by picking something up off the door handle on the way out.

    This made me re-evaluate public loos.

    I think there should always be paper towels where one needs to touch a door handle to exit, but this isn't always the case. Some facilities only provide warm air hand driers. I find myself going through all sorts of contortions to get a suitable bit of clothing to protect my hand from the door handle on the way out.

    Another key area for transmission in my view is doctors' surgeries which have touch screens for people to log their arrival. Unless someone is standing there with an alcohol wipe to clean the screen between patients, I don't see how passing on infection isn't likely.

    cuffem - that article on 'plane surfaces made sobering reading but makes perfect sense. I think the only thing to do is always carry alcohol wipes and hand gel, although that will not kill everything, so washing hands in hot soapy water is also important (where possible).
     
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