C228 – Community Health Nursing – Task 2 Essay

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C228 – Community Health Nursing – Task 2
Renee Todd
Western Governors University

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a severe acute respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus named MERS-CoV. It is believed that the virus is found in camels and passed on to humans who are in contact or around infected animal. These camels are mainly located in Egypt, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia (WHO, 2015a). Those infected with MERS exhibit fever, cough, and shortness of breath, pneumonia, and diarrhea. Severe cases require patient to be put on mechanical ventilation or in an intensive care unit. It is also known to cause kidney failure and septic shock. The elderly, persons who are immunosuppressed, those who
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Department of Health and Human Services, 2015).
4th Case: (WHO, 2015b)
• Patient: 46 year old female, daughter of the 3rd case
• May 16-20, 2015: took care of her father during his hospitalization. Shared the same room with the 1st patient.
• May 21, 2015: monitoring begin for symptoms
• May 25, 2015: developed symptoms
• May 25, 2015: transferred to nationally designated medical center
• May 25, 2015: tested positive for MERS-CoV
• Risk Factors: o Close contact with anyone who is experiencing a fever, cough or shortness of breath and has traveled from the Arabian Peninsula within the past fourteen days should monitor their health beginning with last day of exposure and seek medical attention if they become ill (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015). o Close contact or within six feet with a confirmed case of MERS. Monitor health for fourteen days beginning with the last day of exposure. It is important to take the body temperature twice a day. Watch for any flu like symptoms such as chills, sore throat, headache, and nausea and vomiting. The primary care physician should be notified about the possible exposure (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2015).
5th case: (WHO, 2015b)
• Patient: 50 year old male, health care professional
• May 17, 2015: treated the 1st case
• May 22, 2015: placed on self-isolation
• May 25, 2015: developed symptoms
• May 25, 2015:

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