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(NPR)   Fark: In the previous calendar year there were 100 cases of MERS. FARK: In the last two weeks there have been 100. MERS kill rate is 33 %. Farkkkkk   (npr.org) divider line 79
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2014-04-22 03:31:53 PM
NOT. LEAVING. HOUSE.
 
2014-04-22 04:20:18 PM
Let's hope it doesn't hook up with the Ebola headed up from the south.
 
2014-04-22 04:26:46 PM
Is the mortality rate dropping as more get infected, or is it going up?

Also, has it left the Middle East yet?
 
2014-04-22 04:44:17 PM

meat0918: Is the mortality rate dropping as more get infected, or is it going up?

Also, has it left the Middle East yet?


Yes, travelers have taken it to the UK, Europe, Greece, and Malaysia. So it is popping up in that hemisphere.

drawception.com
 
2014-04-22 05:24:54 PM
Mheh, people shouldn't have sex with monkeys anyway.
 
2014-04-22 06:05:53 PM
That camel I took home from the bar Saturday...she looked clean, right? Should I get checked?
 
2014-04-22 06:06:46 PM
This is the Middle East thing right?

I just need to calibrate the ol' care-o-meter.

Zero is an easy one.
 
2014-04-22 06:07:09 PM
31.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-04-22 06:07:10 PM
But it mainly kills those A-rabs doesn't it?
 
2014-04-22 06:07:17 PM
Fark:  Fark?  Bad subby, no dessert
 
2014-04-22 06:08:04 PM
"It's time for the world to wake up and demand that the Middle East do the kind of job that we need done to stop this transmission [of MERS]," he says, "and to protect the rest of the world."


img.4plebs.org
 
2014-04-22 06:08:16 PM
AIDS was such a success that the CIA created a new project for a slightly lighter shade of skin?
 
2014-04-22 06:08:29 PM

KidKorporate: This is the Middle East thing right?

I just need to calibrate the ol' care-o-meter.

Zero is an easy one.


Do we get masks for this one like SARS, or is it just another fake scare like the bird flu?
 
2014-04-22 06:09:01 PM

PreMortem: Mheh, people shouldn't have sex with monkeys anyway.


There's people on the street getting diseases from monkeys
Yeah, that's what I said - they're getting diseases from monkeys
Now there's junkies with monkey disease
Who's touching these monkeys, please
Leave these poor sick monkeys alone
They've got problems enough as it is.
 
2014-04-22 06:10:32 PM
Anyone having dreams about an old black woman in Nebraska?
 
2014-04-22 06:10:35 PM

Dragonflew: [31.media.tumblr.com image 400x400]


Aisle seat, please.

/you'll have to open your helmet sooner or later, kid...
 
2014-04-22 06:10:54 PM

CruJones: KidKorporate: This is the Middle East thing right?

I just need to calibrate the ol' care-o-meter.

Zero is an easy one.

Do we get masks for this one like SARS, or is it just another fake scare like the bird flu?


HEPA niquabs.
 
2014-04-22 06:11:23 PM

PreMortem: Mheh, people shouldn't have sex with monkeys anyway.


No, this is in the Middle East. The people got it from having sex with camels.
/I kinda hope this wipes out the House of Saud. Good riddance to those autocratic bastards.
 
2014-04-22 06:12:35 PM

Skeptos: Anyone having dreams about an old black woman in Nebraska?


No, just the usual ones with fire and explosions and a creepy red-eyed dude in a vest.
 
2014-04-22 06:14:16 PM
So maybe snorting Palcohol isn't such a bad idea?
 
2014-04-22 06:14:25 PM

Skeptos: Anyone having dreams about an old black woman in Nebraska?


There are black women in Nebraska?
 
2014-04-22 06:15:02 PM

Richard C Stanford: Skeptos: Anyone having dreams about an old black woman in Nebraska?

No, just the usual ones with fire and explosions and a creepy red-eyed dude in a vest.


Baby, can you dig your man?
 
2014-04-22 06:16:19 PM
It sucks that this is the only thing our men and women deployed overseas have to eat.
 
2014-04-22 06:16:45 PM
Well, as long as a bunch of people from all over the world don't gather in Saudi Arabia later this year in one huge crowd, creating the perfect conditions for transmission, we should be good.
 
2014-04-22 06:19:24 PM
"Amid the flurry of new infections, the Saudi government said Monday it had removed beheaded the country's health minister."
 
2014-04-22 06:20:04 PM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Well, as long as a bunch of people from all over the world don't gather in Saudi Arabia later this year in one huge crowd, creating the perfect conditions for transmission, we should be good.


...shiate.
 
2014-04-22 06:20:50 PM

Skeptos: Anyone having dreams about an old black woman in Nebraska?


I am. Nudge nudge wink wink say no more.
 
2014-04-22 06:26:11 PM
Capt. Trips?

Let's do this!  I'm looking forward to Stand-level global pandemic.
 
2014-04-22 06:30:04 PM
Hm, it had not been my understanding that the virus had been found in camels, just antibodies against the virus. However, the CDC seems to say otherwise. That makes the case for camels being the source of transmission much stronger, but it's still not certain.

I kind of wonder if this "sharp rise" isn't from Saudi Arabia holding back on reporting. They haven't exactly been on the level about things (somewhat understandably).
 
2014-04-22 06:30:34 PM
K..k..k..Ken's come to k..k..kill me.
 
2014-04-22 06:37:54 PM

Walker: Skeptos: Anyone having dreams about an old black woman in Nebraska?

There are black women in Nebraska?


It's Nebraska. I'm pretty sure people still have slaves in some of the more isolated areas. The whole state is a godforsaken dust bowl filled with corn, more corn, dirt, cultists who ambush travelers and sacrifice them to ensure a bountiful corn harvest, corn, and meth labs. Wyoming's state motto is "at least we aren't Nebraska".
 
2014-04-22 06:41:58 PM

That Guy Jeff: AIDS was such a success that the CIA created a new project for a slightly lighter shade of skin?


I thought AIDS was for gay men and crack was for black people? Though you gotta admit, SARS was a bust. Had to come up with something new.

/wonder if operations to increase TB in Russia are still going on
//actually, duh
 
2014-04-22 06:43:44 PM

AeAe: Capt. Trips?

Let's do this!  I'm looking forward to Stand-level global pandemic.


Actually, that would kind of suck. It would be fun to drive a car through a mall firing an Uzi out of the window before crashing it into a Hot Topic and then blowing it up, but there'd be no electricity, no running water, and a quick forgetting of scientific knowledge and a return to a state of ignorance. It'd be a better scenario if something like 52% of people died off (myself not included). Hopefully we'd lose most of the assholes, and it'd be easier to found a post-apocalyptic civilization with a larger group of people.
 
2014-04-22 06:45:38 PM
Am I on 4chan? This comment section just tattooed the "welcome to fark" pic on their forehead so they can headbutt you with it.
 
2014-04-22 06:52:10 PM

The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: That camel I took home from the bar Saturday...she looked clean, right? Should I get checked?


One hump or two?  You I mean, not the camel.
 
2014-04-22 07:11:34 PM
Great.  Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.  If it does break out in the US, we'll have to deal with the baggers thinking they're immune to that thar towelhead disease.
 
2014-04-22 07:15:41 PM

serial_crusher: Great.  Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.  If it does break out in the US, we'll have to deal with the baggers thinking they're immune to that thar towelhead disease.


I'm seeing a silver lining here. . .
 
2014-04-22 07:17:24 PM

Richard C Stanford: AeAe: Capt. Trips?

Let's do this!  I'm looking forward to Stand-level global pandemic.

Actually, that would kind of suck. It would be fun to drive a car through a mall firing an Uzi out of the window before crashing it into a Hot Topic and then blowing it up, but there'd be no electricity, no running water, and a quick forgetting of scientific knowledge and a return to a state of ignorance. It'd be a better scenario if something like 52% of people died off (myself not included). Hopefully we'd lose most of the assholes, and it'd be easier to found a post-apocalyptic civilization with a larger group of people.


Yeah, you'd wind up with humans that are the equivalent of cockroaches. The most smartest people would probably go in the first wave. That being said, most farkers would survive.
 
2014-04-22 07:21:13 PM
This is the end result of farking camels.
 
2014-04-22 07:24:00 PM

Richard C Stanford: Walker: Skeptos: Anyone having dreams about an old black woman in Nebraska?

There are black women in Nebraska?

It's Nebraska. I'm pretty sure people still have slaves in some of the more isolated areas. The whole state is a godforsaken dust bowl filled with corn, more corn, dirt, cultists who ambush travelers and sacrifice them to ensure a bountiful corn harvest, corn, and meth labs. Wyoming's state motto is "at least we aren't Nebraska".


Wyoming has mountains.  Nebraska is flat.  So flat.  Suicidal driving hazard flat.

/So boring
 
2014-04-22 07:36:17 PM

GRCooper: Richard C Stanford: Skeptos: Anyone having dreams about an old black woman in Nebraska?

No, just the usual ones with fire and explosions and a creepy red-eyed dude in a vest.

Baby, can you dig your man?



So, am I the only one having the dream with these sort of Sun God robes and I'm on a pyramid and thousands of naked women are screaming at me and throwing these little pickles?
 
2014-04-22 07:38:28 PM
Well, there are a few possibilities that have nothing to do with the virus suddenly mutating to a new and incredibly deadly form.

1. There may just be an increase in reporting of cases; in other words, cases which previously were reported as "pneumonia" or "ARDS" are now correctly being reported as "MERS".

2. More people are seeking treatment earlier, so they are being diagnosed before they die or recover, so instead of getting sick and dying or recovering out in their villages, they're now being counted.

3. The virus is no more transmissable than it ever was, but healthcare workers are not being careful and/or the increase in cases coming into the hospitals is causing more of them to catch it. Sanitary precautions only work if used.

4. CDC is wrong about the animal vector, and it is actually an arbovirus or has a rodent vector.

Or, the virus has mutated and we're all gonna die.
 
2014-04-22 07:45:52 PM
www.aghanomics.com

R.I.P.
 
2014-04-22 07:51:39 PM
So, after all the hoopla over the impending bird flu and swine flu apocalypses, the thing that's actually gonna fark us is camel flu?


LLAME.
 
2014-04-22 07:53:48 PM
Before anyone goes "LOL they said SARS was a threat, and look at how lame that was!", please understand that the CDC and other governments slammed down on SARS *hard*, and that it could have been way, way worse.
 
2014-04-22 08:02:06 PM

Gyrfalcon: Well, there are a few possibilities that have nothing to do with the virus suddenly mutating to a new and incredibly deadly form.

1. There may just be an increase in reporting of cases; in other words, cases which previously were reported as "pneumonia" or "ARDS" are now correctly being reported as "MERS".

2. More people are seeking treatment earlier, so they are being diagnosed before they die or recover, so instead of getting sick and dying or recovering out in their villages, they're now being counted.

3. The virus is no more transmissable than it ever was, but healthcare workers are not being careful and/or the increase in cases coming into the hospitals is causing more of them to catch it. Sanitary precautions only work if used.

4. CDC is wrong about the animal vector, and it is actually an arbovirus or has a rodent vector.

Or, the virus has mutated and we're all gonna die.


33% is not "all"

It's the Rolling Rock of Doom
 
2014-04-22 08:02:11 PM
You know if it infects every person in the middle east and it has a kill rate of 33%, it might one day manage to top the United States Kill streak in that area of the world. We might need to step up our game.
 
2014-04-22 08:12:28 PM
Anybody who hasn't read The Hot Zone should. You wouldn't be all "SARS was a bust, LOL!"
 
2014-04-22 08:12:55 PM
Should we nuke them?? Would that fix this?? I mean we gotta nuke something.


/tired of nuking whales
 
2014-04-22 08:27:31 PM
check your butthole for Ebola and MERS.
 
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