US residents are strongly advised to take precautionary measures against MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) as a second case has recently been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This potentially fatal respiratory disease, believed to have come from camels, is said to be caused by a coronavirus, making this new wave of infection eerily similar to the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreaks of 2002 to 2003.
Though the risk to the public fortunately remains very low, this virus can easily be transmitted through close contact with an infected person. This is why health officials are taking no chances as they track down travelers believed to have been around the first two to have tested positive to the virus in the US:
US health officials have confirmed a second case in the country of Mers, a virus that has killed at least 145 people, mostly in Saudi Arabia.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the patient as a healthcare worker who travelled from Saudi Arabia to Orlando, Florida.
Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) causes fever and kidney failure but is not considered highly contagious.
The patient has been isolated in hospital, health officials said.
Mers belongs to the coronavirus family, which includes the common cold and Sars, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which caused some 800 deaths globally in 2003.
Health officials say Mers only appears to spread through close contact, but there is no known cure.
Highly infectious diseases such as Mers really bring home the importance of a healthy lifestyle. While it is true that Mers can affect perfectly fit and healthy individuals, people who are immune-compromised or have co-morbidities are especially vulnerable. Apart from practicing meticulous hygiene and avoiding close contact with sick people, therefore, things like developing healthy eating habits can go a long way towards protecting yourself from illnesses.
A lot of healthy food franchises are taking this opportunity to urge Americans to eat right. You really can’t be too careful at a time like this.
If you’re a savvy businessperson who would also like to do his or her bit for the community, you might want to consider investing in a healthy food franchise. Fresh & Healthy Brands is an excellent choice. They have been making waves lately in the US and global health food industries and offer five distinct concepts to meet the needs of different markets:
- Pure Health – serves nutritious yet scrumptious sandwiches, smoothie beverages and juices.
- Go-Grill – offers mouth-watering, freshly grilled food
- Yo-Good – whips up refreshingly delicious frozen yogurts
- Juice Zone – concocts a lot of invigorating smoothie and juice choices
- Famous Famiglia Pizzeria – serves delectable yet nutritious calzones, pizzas, pastas, salads, and other Italian dishes
To know more, visit www.freshandHealthyBrands.com. And remember: stay safe!
(Article Excerpt from: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27378522)