According to French news reports an indvidual from the Saudia Minsistry of Health was caught boarding an aircraft trying to smuggle a vial of the MERS-CoV "SARS" virus in a vial around his neck. see this Google translation of the French article.
Fortunately, the H7N9 virus did not originate in a terrorist target rich environment. We believe the MERS virus to be relatively low risk and already wide spread. However the H7N9 virus, had it been released in the feral pigeon population of a major US city, could have literally resulted in the deaths of thousands if not tens of thousands of individuals in such urban centers. Apparently the US government's opinion is much the same, as it is spending billions of dollars on H7N9 medical counter measures and adding millions of dollars to the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund (see our previous reports on the matter)
Our current position is that it is a wise cost effective risk mitigation plan to purchase
disposable masks (P100 or Surgical N95) and
Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG).
CHG is a surgical scrub which forms an invisible barrier on the skin and kills the influenza virus for multiple HOURS after washing with it.
Veterinary Chlorhexidine Gluconate
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