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In May of 2014, we started seeing news reports of the deadly MERS virus being diagnosed in the Orlando area.  A health care worker from Saudi Arabia was visiting Orlando when he started showing symptoms of the virus.  He was hospitalized at Dr. P Phillips Hospital for several weeks before being released. 

While he was hospitalized, several Orlando residents who worked at the hospital started complaining of being ill.  Out of an abundance of caution, these residents were isolated and treated as if they had MERS.  Twenty other employees, who came into contact with the patient prior to the patient being diagnosed, have also been isolated and tested for the deadly virus.

Along with the patient in Orlando, another in Illinois was tentatively confirmed as having MERS at approximately the same time.  The man from Illinois had recently travelled through the Middle East and was thought to been infected there.  These are the first two reported MERS cases in the United States and it was widely feared that this might be the beginning of an outbreak here in the United States. 


What is MERS?

MERS stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.  Like its name implies, it was first diagnosed in 2012 in Saudi Arabia, which is still the epicenter of the outbreak.  At this point, there is no vaccine for MERS and there is no cure.  It has been reported that approximately 30% of the people infected with MERS will die from the virus. 

Symptoms of MERS include fever, coughing and shortness of breath.  Many MERS patients also develop pneumonia, which can complicate the illness, especially in those who have other health concerns.  During the infection, the virus may harm a person’s kidneys, which can then lead to renal failure.  The only proper treatment for MERS is isolation of the patient and treatment of symptoms. 

These symptoms are similar to the flu and other respiratory illnesses and the only known way to determine if the patient has MERS is via a blood test. 

It is a virus in the same family as the common cold, although it is unknown how the virus first developed.  Many scientists speculate that it first mutated and developed in animals before being spread to humans.  Although MERS is spread from human-to-human contact, it is not an easy disease to spread and may often require prolonged contact. 

Some scientists also believe that the virus can spread from animals to people. Animals, such as camels and bats have tested positive for the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia.   It is not yet known if the virus spreads through air, water or food. 

Latest Info? 

Although initially testing positive, the Indiana MERS case was found to have been a false positive, which brings the total known cases in the US back to one.  The healthcare workers from Dr. P Phillips Hospital that were exposed to MERS were also found to be negative. 

At this point, no one in the United States is considered to have the virus.  

Surf Camp Florida

Surf Camp FloridaSchool is out for the summer.  The time of year which parents dread.  The kids are home all day and the parents have to work.  Who is going to watch the children?  They certainly can’t leave their children unsupervised.  What are parents to do?

Send the children to Surf Art Camp!  Surf Art Camp located at Beach Place Guest Houses at 1145 S. Atlantic Ave in Cocoa Beach is owned and managed by local community artist Mary Moon.  Mary Moon offers children fun filled days where they can surf the waves and create art.  Her camp offers the perfect combination for students to utilize both the body and mind.  Students burn off energy while riding the waves under the guidance of a trained surf instructor. Instead of being indoors playing video games, the kids are outdoors enjoying the sun and fresh ocean air.

Along with surfing, students take art classes taught by Mary Moon herself.  They learn different art techniques from mixed media, water color painting, sculpturing, and environmental art.  With Mary’s 30 plus years of art teaching experience, the children are definitely in good hands.

Each session runs Monday thru Friday from 9am to 3pm throughout the summer months.  The cost per session is $295, with board rentals costing an additional $25.  The days are scheduled for half the students to surf in the morning for two and half hours, while the other half creates art.  Then both groups break for lunch for an hour.  After lunch the groups switch activities so that each day students have the chance to surf and create art.  Please note that all Surf Art Camp counselors are first aid and CPR certified.

Parents interested in sending their children to Surf Art Camp can contact Mary at or call her directly at 321-799-3432.

This article is courtesy of Widerman Malek, PL, a patent law firm, copyright law firm and trademark law firm located in Melbourne Florida.

Dinosaur Store Cocoa Beach

Dinosaur Store Cocoa Beach“It’s raining.  It’s pouring.  The old man is snoring.” Not again – another rainy day.  Passing the time on rainy days is torturous, especially when you have a house full of mutinous rambunctious children.  Let’s face it.  Movies may work for the first rain day, but by day two parents are in trouble.  What can you do as a family when the rain prohibits outdoor activities?

Visit the Dinosaur Store in Cocoa Beach, FL!  The Dinosaur Store highlighted in Southern Living, is a favorite destination for families to visit in Brevard County.  It is a wonderful place for children to explore, learn and play all whilst indoors.  The Dinosaur Store exhibits one of the largest private collections of dinosaur fossils and minerals in the world.  Visitors of the Dinosaur Store have the unique opportunity to see first hand dinosaur eggs, teeth and claw fossils.  They can also pan for minerals.  But there is more than just fossils that lies within the Dinosaur Store.  

The Dinosaur Store hosts the Adventure Zone.  The Adventure Zone is a fun, interactive educational place for children to play, think, and learn.  The Adventure Zone features the Wild Nile River Ride, a (dry) simulator ride that gives patrons a taste of what it would be like to ride down the real Nile River in Egypt.  Along with the Wild Nile, children are encouraged to solve dinosaur puzzles, play video arcade games, hop on simulator bikes, and ultimately just have fun! 

And if that is not entertaining enough for say your “too cool” teenagers, there is always the Reptile Run.  The Reptile Run is home to several alligators, turtles, snakes, toads and even one African dwarf crocodile named Akila.   All visitors have the chance to meet these 25 live reptiles housed at the Dinosaur Store. 

Admission to the Adventure Zone is $8.00 for children (2 and up) and $6.00 for adults (16 and up).  Admission is free for children under 2 years old.  Riding the Wild Nile and panning for minerals are extra services and are not included in the admission price, but are very reasonably priced.  To ride the Wild Nile costs $2.83 and panning for minerals is an additional $6.00.

Rain or shine, the Dinosaur Store offers families a fun day of learning and playing.  It sure beats another monotonous day of movie watching.  Plus it gets the whole family out of the house and spending quality time together.  Now isn’t that what it is all about?  For parents, the Dinosaur Store checks all the right boxes.  




Foosaner Art Museum Melbourne FL.

Foosaner Art Museum Melbourne FL.If you have been looking for a way to beat the rising temperatures, look no further than a visit to the Foosaner Art Museum of Florida Institute of Technology. Located in the Eau Gallie Arts District, the Foosaner Museum opened its doors in 1978. The Museum’s permanent collection includes over 3,000 pieces of art that fall into five different categories: Modern and Contemporary Art, The Conill Mendoza Collection of American Industrial Design, Asian Art, Cultural Education Collection, and Women Artists. The Museum also has rotating exhibitions throughout the year to offer its visitors the chance to see nationally and internationally recognized contemporary art work.

The rotating exhibitions for this summer include Pressing Print: Universal Limited Art Editions 2000-2010 (Showing May 25th through August 4th), The Way Things Go (July 2nd through September 1st), and The Art of Conservation(ism): Works from the Permanent Collection (August 10th through October 13th). The Pressing Print exhibition includes fifty-two works from six artists, both master and emerging artists. Organized by the Syracuse University Art Galleries, the exhibition is described as “an exceptional and transformative force in contemporary art.” The Way Things Go is a film presentation created by Peter Fischli and David Weiss and was made available to the Museum by Icarus Films. The final exhibition showing over the summer, The Art of Conservation, is made up of works from Earl H Reed (prints) and Clyde Butcher (photographs).

In addition to the collections at Foosaner, a number of events are available throughout the summer months. Some of these include Pressed Together – A Printmaking Experience for Families being held Friday, June 28th. Located at the Foosaner Education Center, mini printmaking workshops are being offered with separate classes for adults and children. The event will begin at 6pm and run until 8pm and is $25 for a parent/child pair and $10 for each additional child or adult. The Foosaner also participates in Jazz Friday, held the first Friday of the month with the Eau Gallie Arts District First Fridays. Jazz music will be playing for guests while they view the current exhibitions. Open from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, admission is free and wine and beer are available to purchase. The musicians playing at the next two Jazz Friday’s are Matt Heister (July 5th) and Hafer House Jazz (August 2nd).

A little culture with a a lot of air conditioning, a trip to the Foosaner Art Museum is a great way to spend a hot summer’s day or night. So if you have the time, try and make a trip down to the Museum and enjoy all it has to offer.