Will the MERS Virus Reach the United States?

A mysterious coronavirus has the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Heath Organization (WHO) on high alert.  A new deadly SARS like virus, called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is spreading to more than one continent, making the virus a global threat.

The virus attacks victims’ respiratory system.  The virus is initially hard to detect as the symptoms are similar to those experienced from a common cold.  Lung congestion, fever, and coughing are all common symptoms of a cold. However, the MERS virus is much stronger than a cold.  It eventually takes over the body’s renal system causing the body to shut down completely.  Thus far there are 77 reported cases of which 40 resulted in death.  Continue reading

Oh No! Not Pink Eye!

Did you know there are three different types of pink eye?  You can contract pink eye from a bacterial infection, viral infection, and through an allergic reaction.  Lucky me, I experienced first hand all three forms of pink eye.  Through my encounters I have learned the following wisdom.  Never, I repeat never borrow mascara from a friend suffering hay fever allergies.  Never touch your eye directly after playing quiz games on the grimy video machine at the local bar and under no circumstances should you ever leave your house without eye drops.

Pink eye is defined by the WebMD as redness and swelling of the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface. In layman terms, pink eye symptoms when your eye swells up like someone punched you in the face and colored your eye ball bright red.  Some even get to experience their eye oozing mucous which causes temporary impaired vision and crusts the eyelid shut.  Yes, contracting pink eye is a very unpleasant experience. Continue reading