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  • What is MERS and is it going to kill me?

    MERS 是什麼呢?它會殺了我嗎?

  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, is a viral respiratory illness that is relatively new to humans.

    全稱為中東呼吸症候群,簡稱 MERS,它對人類來說是一種新的呼吸系統傳染病。

  • It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and is commonly localized to the Arabian Peninsula,

    2012 年在沙烏地阿拉伯被報導出第一個病例,它是個阿拉伯半島區域性常見的疾病;

  • however, it has since spread to several other countries, including the United States, France, and most recently South Korea.


  • MERS, like SARS, is a coronavirus that typically presents as a cold and upper respiratory infection,

    MERS 像 SARS 一樣,是個冠狀病毒,通常會有感冒或上呼吸道感染症狀

  • including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. MERS is dangerous because it is more severe than a common cold

    包括發燒、咳嗽、氣喘。MERS 有危險性,因為它比一般正常感冒更加嚴重,

  • and can lead to gastrointestinal symptoms and kidney failure.


  • As with all infections, children, seniors, and people with compromised immune systems


  • or pre-existing medical conditions are more likely to contract MERS.

    或是有病史的人更容易感染到 MERS。

  • Unfortunately, this list includes mostly the type of people found in hospitals,


  • making hospitalization in an area experiencing an outbreak of MERS a huge risk factor for infection.

    使區域內住院治療成為 MERS 疫情爆發的一大感染風險。

  • Other risk factors include direct interaction with an infected person, travel to the Arabian Peninsula or interaction with a camel. Yep, camel.


  • Based on information from the US Center for Disease Control, the incubation period


  • or time between exposure to MERS and the appearance of symptoms, is usually about 5 to 6 days,

    或是介於接觸 MERS 與產生症狀之間的時間,大概是五到六天,

  • but can be anywhere from 2-14 days. Patient zero in the recent South Korea outbreak


  • was a man who traveled to countries in the Middle East and did not exhibit any symptoms on his return flight to Korea.


  • He became sick about a week later.


  • MERS is not thought to be easily transmitted between humans, and that's why the extent of the South Korean outbreak,

    MERS 原本被認為是不易人傳人的疾病,這也是為什麼目前韓國疫情爆發的程度,

  • with three deaths and the number of people in quarantine at 1600 and climbing, is confusing to scientists.


  • Actually, scientists are confused by a lot more than that, because we don’t actually know how the disease spreads.


  • SARS, its sister disease, is communicated via virus-laden droplets from a coughs or sneezes

    與 MERS 非常相似的 SARS是透過咳嗽或噴嚏飛沫傳染的病毒,

  • but it is possible that MERS is airborne like measles which can linger in rooms for hours.

    但 MERS 也極有可能是像麻疹一樣藉由空氣傳播,而且可以停留在室內數小時。

  • To date, there have only been three reported cases of MERS in the US,

    截至目前為止,美國只有三起 MERS 病例,

  • but worldwide, MERS has a mortality rate of 30%, which is pretty scary!

    但全球 MERS 死亡率高達百分之三十,這是非常嚇人的!

  • But if youre a healthy adult who washes their hands frequently, and actively avoids contact with sick people and camels.


  • And just be safe if youre planning any trips to South Korea or the Arabian Peninsula in the near future.


  • What scary disease are you most concerned about? Let us know in the comments down below,


  • and check out this video by Anthony to find out more about the nature of viruses.

    然後觀看 Anthony 的影片來了解更多病菌的性質。

What is MERS and is it going to kill me?

MERS 是什麼呢?它會殺了我嗎?


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