Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV): clinical management and guidance

is a viral respiratory disease. It is a new strain of coronavirus first identified by the Netherlands in 2012. A similar strain in the UK was identified by Public Heath England's virus reference laboratories at Colindale.Symptoms include fever and cough that progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In some cases, a diarrheal illness has been the first symptom to appear.
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ConclusionThere is a paucity of treatment guidelines for acute lung injury secondary to marijuana inhalation. We advocate early use of short-term steroids and also more awareness on quitting marijuana smoking to prevent life-threatening complications like myocardial infarction, diffuse alveolar hemorrhage and acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Source: Heart and Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 23 May 2019Source: American Journal of Infection ControlAuthor(s): Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq, Ziad A. MemishBackgroundAn important emerging respiratory virus is the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). MERS-CoV had been associated with a high case fatality rate especially among severe cases.MethodsThis is a retrospective analysis of reported MERS-CoV cases between December 2016 and January 2018, as retrieved from the World Health Organization. The aim of this study is to examine the epidemiology of reported cases and quantify the percentage of health care workers (HCWs) amon...
Source: American Journal of Infection Control - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
CONCLUSION Male gender and hiatal hernia were associated with EE. Aged patients, smoking and hiatal herni a were related to severe EE. It is suggested that the risk factors for EE and non-EE types are different. Cohort studies are necessary to identify the exact mechanisms involved in each disease form.RESUMO CONTEXTO: A doen ça do refluxo gastroesofágico (DRGE) é uma das doenças digestivas mais comuns na prática médica e deve ser suspeitada de acordo com os seus sintomas clínicos, podendo ser classificada em esofagite erosiva (EE) de acordo com os achados de endoscopia. OBJ...
Source: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
Journal Name: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM) Issue: Ahead of print
Source: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine - Category: Laboratory Medicine Source Type: research
As a medical student, the place I dreaded most was the ward at the children’s hospital where they kept the chronic ventilator patients. Unlike the other floors, where there was shouting and laughter and tears, and all the commotion and turbulence of youth, here it was dark and lifeless and eerie, with no sound except the hum of the ventilators, and the rattle of air being forced through plastic tubes. It was a place of failure and defeat, the desolate aftermath of some vast and tragic battle. An unexpected aftermath of measles My patient was a teenager who had been in a coma for years. His limbs had stubbornly twiste...
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This study assessed the safety, outcome, and risk factors for conversion to tracheal intubation of nonintubated thoracoscopic surgery for lung tumor resection.MethodsWe retrospectively reviewed the records of 1,025 patients who underwent lung tumor resection by nonintubated thoracoscopic surgery from August 2009 to December 2016 at our institution. Using univariable and multivariable analyses, we focused on the operative procedures, complications, conversion rate, surgical outcome, and risk factors for conversion to tracheal intubation.ResultsMost patients (73% [n = 748]) were women, and 14.3% (n = 147) of all pa...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
  Zika continues to be the virus of the day for returning travelers, but there are several other diseases that we need to consider in these patients when they present to us in the emergency department. Chikungunya is epidemic in many of the same countries as Zika and can be even more devastating. And Avian and MERS-CoV is still present in many countries. Unlike patients infected with Zika virus, these patients do require isolation to protect our health care staff from infection. Chikungunya Chikungunya, which means “to walk bent over,” was likely endemic but unrecognized in the United States before the mos...
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CONCLUSION: Prevention is based on compulsory meningococcal vaccination, vaccination against seasonal influenza and pneumococcal infections for pilgrims at high risk of contracting the infection, and on vaccination against hepatitis A. Updating immunization for diphtheria/tetanus/poliomyelitis/pertussis and measles/mumps is also crucial and pilgrims must comply with hygiene precautions. PMID: 27230822 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Medecine et Maladies Infectieuses - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Med Mal Infect Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The findings indicate the need to screen all contacts of HCWs to improve MERS control and form public–private partnerships to investigate the true burden of MERS.   
Source: Annals of Saudi Medicine - Category: Journals (General) Tags: ISSUE 3 Source Type: research
South Korea is grappling with an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome that has killed two and infected 30 people in total. In the same virus family as the common cold and SARS, the illness is a highly lethal respiratory disease that can also cause pneumonia and kidney failure before death. South Korea's Patient Zero is a businessman who had just traveled through Saudi Arabia, a country that has seen over 1,000 cases of the disease since it was first discovered back in 2012. Little is known about MERS, but in a review paper published Wednesday in the medical journal The Lancet, researchers Stanley Perlman of the U...
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