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Confirmed case of MERS in the United States

camel photoThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced May 2nd the first confirmed case of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the United States in Indiana.  The person was providing healthcare in Saudi Arabia before traveling by plane from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to London, England into O’Hara International Airport in Chicago, Illinois and then took a bus from Chicago to Indiana.  The U.S. patient began suffering symptoms April 27th.

The CDC is investigating along with health officials in Indiana; the CDC said “this case represents a very low risk to the general public.” Health officials do not know how the MERS virus spreads but it is thought it is transmitted from people who have very close contact with an infected person.

The MERS virus has been found in camels, but doctors are not sure how it is spreading to humans.  The hub of the MERS outbreak is Saudi Arabia.  Of the “401 confirmed cases of MERS infection in 12 countries all have originated in six countries in the Arabian Peninsula” states the CDC.

There is no vaccine, this virus’ symptoms are shortness of breath, coughing and fever. People with existing conditions or weakened immune systems are more at risk.

Photo by Bob McCaffrey

Online:  CDC announces first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus infection (MERS) in the United States Press Release

 

The Auschwitz Escape Book Review

The Auschwitz Escape unlike Joel Rosenberg’s other novels, is an inspired work of historical fiction based on “the greatest escape of all time,” writes Rosenberg.   Set in the darkness of the Nazi Regime that has begun sweeping across Europe, this is the story of two men prisoners in the Auschwitz camp who escape to warn the world of what the “final solution” means.

Jacob Weisz, a non-religious young Jewish man from Germany, winds up as a prisoner in Auschwitz after events that have gone terribly wrong.  He teams up with another prisoner, Christian pastor John-Luc Leclerc to make an escape with evidence of the horrors of Auschwitz.  This is Rosenberg’s first attempt at historical fiction and he has outdone himself with a well-researched story that is both breathtaking and heartbreaking.

The Auschwitz Escape available at Amazon

Thomas Jefferson Quote

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Thomas Jefferson

To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it. -Thomas Jefferson

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