Category Archives: Beyond the News

MERS sickens 3 in Saudi Arabia as Korean patient relapses | CIDRAP

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The latest developments lift Saudi Arabia’s total from the disease to 1,254, including 539 deaths. So far 703 people have recovered from their infections.In its latest breakdown on the source of infections, the MOH said 33% of patients were exposed to the virus in healthcare settings and 12% are healthcare workers who were infected at their workplace.  Source: MERS sickens 3 in Saudi Arabia as Korean patient relapses | CIDRAP

[M]ERS virus infection probably isn’t at the top of your news watch, but I try to look in on it daily. There has been moderate rise in the infections in Saudi Arabia, and recently about two dozen African pilgrims to Mecca returned to their home countries only to be placed in isolation (all have been cleared now). Both the Korean outbreak and the recent spate of infections in SA appear to center around hospitals and healthcare workers, which leads public health experts to deduce that MERS spreads very easily in a healthcare setting. But it also may mean that people with compromised health to begin with are more apt to become ill. What is sobering are the number of deaths which indicate a death rate of about 42%.

Russian Embassy Hit by Rocket-Fire

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[T]his morning’s report from the Times of India implies that Al Qaeda in Syria in responsible, but more may emerge as the Russians investigate.

Two rockets struck the Russian embassy in Damascus on Tuesday sparking panic as several hundred people gathered to express their support for Moscow’s air war in Syria. (Source: Panic as rockets hit Russian embassy in Damascus – The Times of India)

As we watch the proxy war begin between Russia and the Western powers (you can read that as NATO for now), I can’t help thinking about the ‘Burden of Damascus’ in Isaiah 17 which begins:

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts. (Isa. 17:1-3)

Than if you skip down a verse or two, you find that Israel, at that time, will be in distress as well. But in that time of famine and distress, we’re told:

At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.

Israel is coming to a time when they will be surrounded by enemies, but there is hope, for this final shaking in the land will draw their eyes to the true Maker and to the true Messiah–the Holy One of Israel.