The disease news from the Middle East keeps getting worse. China has quieted down due to the ongoing data suppression effort by the Chinese government. If you don’t test for the mutant bird flu, then you don’t have a problem. The vector for China’s flu may very well be rats. If this is the case, it will continue to spread unchecked all through China.
The news from the Middle East continues to show ongoing disease spread. Tunisia has now reported the first fatal case of the mutant SARS virus that began in Jordan 14 months ago. The other thing is the cases in England, France, Germany, and now Tunisia confirm human to human transmission from being in an airplane with an infected person. The majority of cases have been in Saudi Arabia, primarily eastern Saudi Arabia. The disease is likely to be in the Gulf States. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Quatar also. Saudi Arabia is doing most of the testing which is why they are confirming the disease. Several of the Saudi Arabian, as well as the German case were of people living in the Gulf States. They ended up in either German or Saudi Arabia which is where they actually died. They were infected in the Gulf States. One Egyptian citizen also died after returning from Egypt to Saudi Arabia for treatment. Saudi Arabia makes the point that several of the cases are linked to Egypt, Quatar, Dubai and the UAE even if those countries are not reporting any cases. This lack of cases is due to the lack of testing besides the infected people being treated elsewhere.
The disease spread during March and April until on May 2nd Saudi Arabia reported 7 cases. 5 of the 7 cases were already dead which meant they got infected in April at the latest. Again, the level of transparency leaves a lot to be desired.
The status as of today is there have been dozens of cases, as well as many fatalities. Obviously, the SARS Middle Eastern mutant strain is gathering steam, spreading widely and shows no sign of slowing down at this point. It has also shown the ability to spread human to human. We know this from not only the airline passenger cases, but the family clusters and the hospital employees getting infected.
At any rate, we now have confirmed human to human transmission. We now have family clusters and infected hospital workers. Finally, we have people getting infected from being exposed to infected people during airline travel. The incubation period for the Corona Virus is between 7 to 10 days. Flu takes between 2 and 4 days to show symptoms. There have been cases of infected people being discharged and then showing symptoms several days later. This is not good.