Keyword: coronavirus

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • [WHO suggests Muslims to refrain from drinking camel urine] Middle East coronavirus

    06/29/2014 12:09:20 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 39 replies
    WHO ^ | 06/16/2014
    THe World Health Organisation suggests on a recent outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Saudi Arabia (among other things): Food hygiene practices should be observed. People should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating meat that has not been properly cooked.
  • Health Officials To Watch For Muslim Pilgrims With SARS-Like Symptoms

    10/10/2013 12:12:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies ^ | October 10, 2013 12:04 PM
    LOS ANGELES ( — Southern California doctors and health officials will be on the lookout for Muslim pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia with flu-like symptoms in the wake of a reported outbreak of a SARS-like virus in the Middle East, according to a report. L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding told the Los Angeles Times severe coughs or other similar symptoms could signal the arrival of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, to the Southland. While MERS-CoV has so far only been reported in the Mideast and Europe, doctors and emergency departments will be...
  • Virus Hangs Over Islamic Pilgrimage To Mecca

    10/09/2013 9:22:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    LATimes ^ | October 09, 2013 | Eryn Brown
    Virus Hangs Over Islamic Pilgrimage To Mecca Health officials in the U.S. will be on the alert for anyone returning from the Middle East with symptoms of MERS, a mysterious and potentially deadly illness. Laila Shifa, left, helps her daughter, Homaira Hamid, center, and husband Jahan pack in their Northridge apartment for their hajj pilgrimage. The couple are bringing face masks to help guard against the MERS virus, which has been detected in the Middle East. By Eryn Brown October 9 After they got married last year, Homaira and Jahan Hamid decided they would embark on the hajj pilgrimage to...
  • MERS spreads to Italy, kills 3 more in Saudi Arabia

    06/02/2013 8:20:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Sunday, June 2, 2013, 10:03 PM | Victoria Taylor /
    The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) continues to spread. Health officials in Saudi Arabia have confirmed that three more people had died from the virus, ABC News reported. At least 38 cases have been reported in the country, and 24 of them have been fatal. Little is known about the rapidly-spreading viral respiratory illness, which first appeared in 2012. Before the recent Saudi cases, WHO was notified of at least 50 people instances of MERS, 30 of which were fatal. In addition to the recent one in Italy, clusters have been confirmed in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, the United...
  • French tests ease fears of coronavirus transmission

    05/11/2013 10:41:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Reuters) - ^ | May 11, 2013 6:42am EDT
    Three people who came into contact with France's only confirmed case of coronavirus have tested negative for the SARS-like disease, with results pending on two others, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on Saturday. Lab results were expected later in the day on a friend or family member of the infected man, who remains in serious condition, and another patient who shared his hospital room, the minister and doctors told reporters in Lille, northern France. A doctor, a nurse and a third health professional who had come into contact with the 65-year-old confirmed to have coronavirus are in the clear
  • Saudi Arabia says five dead from new SARS-like virus

    05/02/2013 8:56:45 PM PDT · by null and void · 10 replies
    AL ARABIYA ^ | Thursday, 2 May 2013
    The new virus is not the same as SARS, but similar to it and also to other coronaviruses found in bats. (Reuters) Saudi Arabia said five more people have died of a deadly new virus from the same family as SARS, and two other people were in intensive care. The seven cases were discovered in al-Ahsa governorate in the Eastern Province, the Saudi news agency SPA quoted the Saudi Health Ministry as saying in a statement late on Wednesday.

A Saudi man died in March from the virus.

The novel coronavirus (NCoV) is from the same family of viruses as those...
  • New coronavirus potentially more deadly than SARS: researchers

    03/28/2013 3:43:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Global Post ^ | March 28, 2013 12: | Samantha Stainburn
    A new coronavirus that emerged in the Middle East last fall could be deadlier than the SARS virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed 774 people between 2002 and 2003, researchers from the University of Hong Kong said. Patients with the new virus experience multiple organ failure, which could explain its 65 percent mortality rate so far, the South China Morning Post reported. In contrast, 11 percent of the people who got SARS died. The first victims to die from the new virus were a Qatari man in a British hospital and a woman in Saudi Arabia, ABC News reported....
  • New SARS-like virus infects British patient in tenth case globally

    02/11/2013 11:16:44 AM PST · by bgill · 3 replies
    yahoo news ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | Kate Kelland
    A new virus from the same family as SARS that sparked a global alert last September has been found in a further patient in Britain, health officials said on Monday. This latest case of infection with the new virus known as a coronavirus brings the total number of confirmed cases globally to 10, of which five have died. The British patient, who had recently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan, is receiving intensive care treatment in hospital in Manchester, northern England.
  • China Ministry, WHO Confirm Guangdong Patient Has SARS

    01/05/2004 10:26:07 AM PST · by presidio9 · 7 replies · 183+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Monday, January 5, 2004
    <p>China on Monday confirmed its first SARS case since an outbreak of the disease was contained in July and authorities ordered the emergency slaughter of some 10,000 civet cats and related species after tests linked a virus found in the animals to the patient.</p>
  • Virus merger 'may explain Sars'

    12/18/2003 12:37:13 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 24 replies · 269+ views
    BBC ^ | Dec. 16, 2003 | BBC
    The Sars virus could be the result of a merger between viruses carried by birds and mammals, say researchers. The finding is based on a genetic analysis of the coronavirus, which causes the disease, and others that are closely related. A similar phenomenon is responsible for the emergence of new types of flu virus. The research, by a team from the University of Toronto, is published in the Journal of Virology. Sars killed 774 people and infected as many as 8,000 in a world-wide outbreak earlier this year. China and Hong Kong bore the brunt of its effect, but Taiwan,...
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Disease

    12/15/2003 8:13:27 PM PST · by leu25iso · 17 replies · 349+ views
    ProMed ^ | Dec 14, 2003 | Government of Columbia
    Colombia: Outbreak of Undiagnosed Severe Respiratory Disease -------------------------------------------------- From 25 Sep to 28 Nov 2003, 38 cases of a severe acute respiratory disease have been reported to the Colombian National Institute of Health (INS). The illness develops in a range of 10 to 7 days. The disease begins with high respiratory symptoms and fever, cough (with or without expectoration), dyspnea, headache, asthenia, and/or adynamia. Diarrhea, vomit or intense thoracic pain can also be present. Chest x-rays show interstitial and alveolar infiltrates. This illness has resulted in 13 deaths. Information coming from health care providers of National Institutions indicates an increase...
  • Protein Portal: Enzyme acts as door for the SARS virus

    11/30/2003 3:11:48 PM PST · by CathyRyan · 3 replies · 239+ views
    Science News ^ | Nov. 29, 2003 | John Travis
    A year ago, a mystery virus began to kill people in China. Causing an illness dubbed severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the virus quickly spread beyond Asia and for a few months stirred fears of a worldwide epidemic. With stunning speed, scientists identified the virus and decoded its genetic sequence (SN: 4/26/03, p. 262: Now, a research team has claimed victory in the race to identify the cellular receptor—the protein to which the virus attaches when it infects cells—for the SARS virus. Since the protein turned out to be a well-known one that had previously been implicated in heart...
  • Cats 'Can Catch And Pass On SARS'

    10/29/2003 3:38:05 PM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 284+ views
    Ananova ^ | 10-29-2003
    Cats 'can catch and pass on Sars' Medical researchers have found cats can catch Sars and pass it on to other animals. A team of US scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston say the finding raises the question of whether cats can pass the virus to humans. Researcher Dr Robert Shope, an expert on emerging diseases, said: "You might want to quarantine the pets as well as the people. If it's been shown that the virus can transmit from cat to cat, it doesn't take much of a leap of faith that it will transmit to...
  • CDC, HHS warn of possible SARS return

    09/30/2003 12:21:32 PM PDT · by CathyRyan · 4 replies · 208+ views
    CIDRAP News ^ | Sep 29, 2003 | Jane Berg
    The heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cautioned last week that another outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) is possible in the United States or elsewhere. CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding and HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson said at a Sep 26 news conference that the federal agencies are preparing for the possible re-emergence of the virus. Gerberding said, "We don't know whether this virus is going to come back or not, but as an infectious disease expert, I can say in my experience I've never seen...
  • New Hong Kong SARS alert

    09/19/2003 8:25:24 PM PDT · by Brian S · 12 replies · 159+ views
    AFP ^ | 09-19-03
    From correspondents in Hong Kong September 20, 2003 A HONG Kong hospital has raised a new SARS alert after four patients were observed to have fever, a key symptom of the potentially deadly illness, a hospital spokeswoman said today. Initial investigations had shown that the four women, aged 24 to 73, had fevers which had been caused by influenza and not the potentially fatal SARS virus, but further tests and observations were being carried out, she said. All the patients were in a stable condition at the Prince of Wales Hospital in the New Territories. The incident was the fourth...
  • SARS Case Confirmed In Singapore; Victim Is First To Get Disease Since July

    09/14/2003 11:19:20 AM PDT · by Brian S · 28 replies · 239+ views
    POSTED: 7:38 a.m. EDT September 14, 2003 UPDATED: 7:43 a.m. EDT September 14, 2003 U.S. lab tests are confirming a medical researcher in Singapore has contracted SARS. The 27-year-old is the first victim of the potentially deadly disease since the World Health Organization declared SARS under control in July. The infected man is hospitalized in isolation and is said to be recovering well. Dozens of his friends, colleagues and relatives are under home quarantine as a precaution. Meanwhile, the Australian government is warning its already battered tourism industry to be prepared for a new outbreak of SARS in Asia in...
  • Singapore confirms new SARS case

    09/09/2003 7:16:31 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 8 replies · 285+ views
    Asia CNN ^ | 9.09.03
    <p>The WHO says the Singapore case poses a 'low risk' to general public health.</p> <p>SINGAPORE -- Singapore authorities say a 27-year-old man has SARS, the world's first case since a global outbreak was declared over in July.</p> <p>Singaporean officials confirmed the laboratory technician had SARS after results from a second test were released Tuesday, and have ordered 25 people who have been in contact with the man to stay at home.</p>
  • Patient at SGH tests positive for Sars virus

    09/08/2003 4:07:01 PM PDT · by riri · 7 replies · 305+ views
    The Straits Times Interactive ^ | 9.08.03 | By Salma Khalik Health Correspondent
    A PATIENT at the Singapore General Hospital tested positive for the Sars virus on Monday, triggering concern that the respiratory disease may have resurfaced here. Hospital staff asked visitors to leave wards 74 and 78 in the late afternoon. The Straits Times learnt that more tests were done on the Singaporean man to confirm if the preliminary test result was correct, or if it was a false positive. He worked in a virology laboratory at Kent Ridge, but apparently was not working with the Sars virus. A Health Ministry spokesman said that Acting Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan will hold...
  • Researchers prepare for a possible pandemic (SARS)

    09/08/2003 7:31:08 AM PDT · by flutters · 1 replies · 138+ views
    USA Today ^ | September 7, 2003 | Steve Sternberg
    <p>Like tag-team partners in a nasty global grudge match, SARS and West Nile viruses have traded places, at least for now. But when the weather turns cool, authorities say, SARS may be back.</p> <p>Researchers say the deadly coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, known as SARS, still lurks in animals. That means it could again make the leap into humans.</p>
  • SARS May Have Resurfaced, Singapore Says

    09/08/2003 8:04:29 AM PDT · by Logical Extinction · 20 replies · 113+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09-08-03
    Mon September 8, 2003 10:30 AM ET By Jason Szep SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore became the first country to report a possible return of SARS on Monday, saying tests showed one man might have caught the potentially deadly disease, hours after the WHO had warned the virus could reappear. The Ministry of Health said initial tests appeared to show one man had tested positive for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome virus, in what it believed was an isolated case. "Initial tests seem to indicate this person has the SARS virus, but we are doing further tests tonight," a ministry spokeswoman...
  • Singapore Says Tests Show One Man May Have SARS

    09/08/2003 7:30:22 AM PDT · by Brian S · 3 replies · 211+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09-08-03
    Mon September 8, 2003 09:48 AM ET SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's Ministry of Health said on Monday initial tests appeared to indicate one man had tested positive for the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus. "Initial tests seem to indicate this person has the SARS virus, but we are doing further tests tonight," a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health told Reuters. She said the man, whom she described only as being ethnic Chinese, had been picked up by surveillance at Singapore General Hospital, and had been isolated at a hospital.
  • Gene Study Narrows Source Of SARS

    09/05/2003 4:26:35 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 275+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 9-4-2003 | Emma Young
    Gene study narrows source of SARS 19:00 04 September 03 news serviceThe SARS-like virus found in a food market in Guangdong, China jumped from animals to people - and not the other way around - suggests new research. The study represents an important step in tracing the original source of the virus. However, the work still leaves many important questions about the route of transmission of the SARS virus to people unanswered. In May, the researchers, led by Yi Guan at the University of Hong Kong, revealed initial results of tests on a SARS-like coronavirus isolated from market animals...
  • Rats could have been cause of Sars outbreak

    08/24/2003 5:02:06 PM PDT · by Prince Charles · 15 replies · 214+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 8-24-2003 | Ien Cheng
    Rats could have been cause of Sars outbreak Latest research into the spread of the virus at a Hong Kong apartment complex overturns previous ideas. Ien Cheng reports Published: August 24 2003 18:24 | Last Updated: August 24 2003 18:24 The World Health Organisation is studying new research that points to rattus rattus - the common black rat - as a key agent in the massive spread of Sars at Amoy Gardens, the Hong Kong apartment complex where 329 people contracted the deadly virus earlier this year. The research by Dr Stephen Ng, published this month in The Lancet, the...
  • SARS fears ease at nursing home

    08/21/2003 12:10:10 PM PDT · by Brian S · 4 replies · 245+ views
    The Providence ^ | 08-21-03
    Fears that an outbreak of a cold-like illness among patients at a 101-bed nursing home in the South Fraser area was linked to a mutant SARS-like virus were eased yesterday. Since July 1, 11 residents at Kinsmen Place Lodge in Surrey have died from an outbreak of respiratory illness. Tests on some of the victims have shown the presence of a coronavirus similar to SARS. Don Bower of the Fraser Health Au-thority said 11 residents and six out of 129 staff had cold symptoms at the second nursing home, which has not been identified. He said tests have failed to...
  • SARS Virus May Be Back In Canada

    08/20/2003 5:58:59 PM PDT · by Brian S · 19 replies · 248+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 08-20-03
    SARS virus may be back in Canada 17:32 20 August 03 Debora MacKenzie An outbreak of pneumonia, which tests so far indicate may be caused by the SARS virus, appears to be spreading in British Columbia, Canada. The virus had already infected over 150 people and killed six at a nursing home near Vancouver, and now appears to have infected a second nursing home nearby. Researchers have announced that several genetic sequences from the virus are identical to the virus that causes SARS. But, confusingly, the symptoms shown in the new outbreak have been much milder. The apparent end to...
  • Patient who tested positive for SARS-like virus dies in mystery outbreak

    08/19/2003 11:07:47 PM PDT · by Logical Extinction · 2 replies · 275+ views ^ | August 19, 2003 |  HELEN BRANSWELL Canadian Press
    VANCOUVER (CP) - Theories abound but answers remain elusive as experts from Canada and beyond try to figure out whether a mysterious respiratory outbreak at a Vancouver-area nursing home - which claimed another life Tuesday - is a new and milder form of SARS. The outbreak at the Kinsmen Place Lodge in suburban Surrey is confounding experts because most of the nearly 150 residents and staff who have become ill have suffered nothing more than mild cold-like symptoms - nothing like the severe disease that gave severe acute respiratory syndrome its name. While public health officials in British Columbia insist...
  • Mysterious SARS-like virus spreads Death toll hits 11 in British Columbia;

    08/20/2003 6:07:29 AM PDT · by Logical Extinction · 49 replies · 252+ views ^ | 8-20-03 | John Bermingham and Mary Vallis
    VANCOUVER -- Another person has died as medical officials in Surrey, B.C., try to decode an outbreak of a mysterious SARS-like virus. The illness has raised fears of a new outbreak of the dreaded disease in Western Canada and it is spreading, but experts are cautioning Canadians not to jump to the conclusion that the respiratory illness is to blame. A second nursing home in Surrey has had nine cases of a respiratory illness among its elderly residents. And, last week, the Kinsmen Place Lodge, also in Surrey, reported 143 cases of a similar illness. Another person at the lodge...
  • SARS forces quarantine

    08/18/2003 8:36:17 PM PDT · by flutters · 13 replies · 230+ views
    CanWest News Service ^ | August 18, 2003
    VANCOUVER -- A mutant SARS virus has forced into quarantine 19 workers at Surrey Memorial Hospital. They had all come into contact with an elderly female patient at the hospital who recently tested positive for a SARS-like infection. The woman is still in isolation at the hospital with respiratory problems. Hospital spokesperson Helen Carkner said none of the staff are ill, but are staying at home as a precaution. "For a period of a few hours, before we got the conclusive lab results," Carkner said Saturday, "there were some staff that were in contact with that patient." Public health officials...
  • Patient who tested positive for SARS-like virus dies in mystery outbreak (Canada)

    08/19/2003 6:22:33 PM PDT · by Brian S · 10 replies · 237+ views
    Canada Press ^ | 08-19-03
    By HELEN BRANSWELL VANCOUVER (CP) - Theories abound but answers remain elusive as experts from Canada and beyond try to figure out whether a mysterious respiratory outbreak at a Vancouver-area nursing home - which claimed another life Tuesday - is a new and milder form of SARS. The outbreak at the Kinsmen Place Lodge in suburban Surrey is confounding experts because most of the nearly 150 residents and staff who have become ill have suffered nothing more than mild cold-like symptoms - nothing like the severe disease that gave severe acute respiratory syndrome its name. While public health officials in...
  • Tests point to SARS in Surrey; WHO official to view unusual lab results

    08/19/2003 5:11:53 AM PDT · by Brian S · 14 replies · 326+ views
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 08-19-03
    Pamela Fayerman Vancouver Sun Tuesday, August 19, 2003 Genetic testing of blood and other samples from dead and ill Surrey nursing home residents and workers is so far consistent with SARS, the scientific director of Health Canada' s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg told The Vancouver Sun Monday. Dr. Frank Plummer, who doubles as the director-general of the Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control in Ottawa, said the results are so intriguing that a virologist from the World Health Organization in Geneva is expected to visit the Winnipeg laboratory today to view the samples. Dr. David Patrick, chief epidemiologist...
  • SARS Epidemic May Reemerge, CDC Director Warns

    06/18/2003 7:14:24 PM PDT · by Prince Charles · 220 replies · 2,107+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6-18-03
    SARS Epidemic May Reemerge, CDC Director Warns Wed June 18, 2003 03:04 PM ET CHICAGO (Reuters) - Like deadly flu epidemics of the past, SARS may reemerge later this year as a global health threat, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. Dr. Julie Gerberding pointed out that infectious diseases like SARS and monkeypox are spread around the world by travelers or by trade in exotic animals. "This is the new normal: emerging infectious diseases ... that create immediate global concerns because of the movement of people and animals," Gerberding said in a...
  • (Quick, easy, SARS tests are on the way) Discovery of SARS Antigenic Peptide

    06/16/2003 6:48:06 AM PDT · by Logical Extinction · 25 replies · 187+ views
    Businesswire ^ | 6-15-03
        ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 16, 2003--Today, Vaxim, Inc., a Rockville Maryland based biopharmaceutical company, announced that it has successfully identified and synthesized a peptide from SARS viral proteins, named V-S26, which is confirmed to bind specifically with serum antibody from SARS recovered patients.     With the focus of vast amount of resources of medical and biological institutes, the immediate need of effective SARS detection, treatment and prevention solutions remain pressing concerns that have not been answered by traditional techniques. Vaxim predicts that the company's novel approach by the quick identification of peptide that interacts with antibody specific to SARS viral proteins, will...
  • Patient Hospitalized For Possible SARS Exposure Dies; Tests Come Back Negative

    06/13/2003 8:12:38 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 100 replies · 339+ views
    WRAL Raleigh, North Carolina ^ | 2003-06-13 | Reporter: Stephanie Hawco, OnLine Producers: Michelle Singer and Kamal Wallace
    <p>CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- One of two patients being monitored in the Triangle for possible exposure to SARS died Friday. Preliminary tests from the Centers for Disease Control were negative. Meanwhile, dozens of people in the Triangle are under quarantine for possible exposure to SARS.</p>
  • Identifying A Killer

    06/06/2003 3:07:21 PM PDT · by vetvetdoug · 9 replies · 418+ views
    Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, VOL 222, No. 11 | 1 June 2003 | Bridget M. Kuehn
    When the first human retroviruses, including HIV, were discovered in the '70s and '80s, decades of research on animal retroviruses allowed researchers and clinicians to rapidly develop diagnostics, treatments, and preventative measures for the emerging human diseases. History is repeating itself as the world public health community draws on decades of research on animal coronaviruses to help them understand and battle the emergent human coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).On March 12, 2003, the World Health Organization issued a global alert for cases of atypical pneumonia in response to reports of an unidentified severe respiratory illness spreading in China and...
  • Latest SARS evidence

    04/06/2003 6:46:59 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 8 replies · 220+ views
    The Scientist ^ | April 4, 2003 | By Robert Walgate
    SARS almost certainly caused by new type of coronavirus — diagnostic tests being prepared. The outbreak of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) that originated in China is, with "95–97% certainty," caused by a completely new type of coronavirus, according to Julie Hall, who is responsible for the World Health Organization's Global Alert, Response and Operations Network. The new virus diverges by 50–60% from the three known groups of coronavirus, but that is typical of the variation between coronavirus groups, according to Stephan Günther of the Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine in Hamburg. Günther works with Christian Drosten, who along...
  • Novel Coronavirus Detected in Chicken Intestinal Contents (SARS Relative in Sao Paulo)

    04/03/2003 1:22:04 PM PST · by UKCajun · 13 replies · 322+ views
    We have just found a coronavirus in intestinal contents of a chicken by a PCR targeted to the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase gene (pol gene). Sequence analysis of this gene showed that, though it is grouped closely with bovine coronavirus and is distantly related to infectious bronchitis virus, it has low nucleotide identity to all known coronaviruses. The birds were 15 days old and had no clinical sign of any disease. These findings are quite similar to those associated with the coronavirus implicated in SARS.We are now trying to sequence other isolates.
  • Identity of killer pneumonia bug confirmed

    04/02/2003 11:04:38 PM PST · by sourcery · 17 replies · 284+ views
    NewScientist ^ | 02 April 03 | Debora MacKenzie
    Scientists have satisfied key tests that confirm that the virus causing the global outbreak of severe pneumonia is a new type of coronavirus. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has so far struck down more than 2300 people, and killed 78. The identification will speed up the testing of victims and their contacts to see how the disease spreads, and how it might be contained. That is badly needed, with new cases being announced each day in Hong Kong and China, and in previously unaffected countries, such as South Africa, the Philippines and Malaysia. In another sign of the seriousness of...
  • SARS Mystery Deepens (Virus details)

    04/01/2003 7:55:55 PM PST · by EternalHope · 83 replies · 410+ views
    Newsday ^ | April 1, 2003 | Laurie Garrett
    SARS Mystery DeepensBy Laurie Garrett, Staff WriterApril 1, 2003, 8:47 PM ESTAmid heightened concern about the new illness known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, the mystery of just what it is deepens. Scientists working on the Toronto outbreak reported that the agent responsible is "a novel virus that is not closely related to any of the known clusters” of coronaviruses, the prime family of suspected microbes.snip Autopsies revealed the virus caused parts of the lungs to hemorrhage blood, as would be the case with a hemorrhagic fever virus such as Ebola.snip ... Canadian SARS Study Team isolated viruses from several...
  • Viruses and people on the move

    04/30/2003 11:20:56 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 170+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, May 1, 2003 | Sunil Chacko
    <p>Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome — SARS — has reached 27 countries, but only a handful have been severely affected, causing pandemonium, fear, mass quarantines, billions of dollars in lost GDP and entire populations to switch to surgical mask attire.</p> <p>The 5,000 cases and 274 deaths have occurred in China and other nations having significant trade, investment, cultural and tourist links with South China.</p>
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) multi-country outbreak - Update 10

    03/26/2003 6:33:47 PM PST · by Lessismore · 18 replies · 244+ views
    Progress towards identification of the virus Research attention is increasingly focusing on the Coronavirus family, though viruses from the Paramyxovirus and other families are also being considered as scientists cast the widest possible net in their search for the cause of SARS. Many are of the opinion that a diagnostic test could rapidly follow conclusive identification of the pathogen. Experts in the network are also considering the theory that SARS is caused by co-infection with two new viruses that somehow need each other in order to cause severe disease in humans. Evidence is strongly pointing to a new virus, or...
  • Hong Kong doctor warns 'Sars will be worse this winter'

    05/03/2003 6:55:53 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 24 replies · 217+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | May 4, 2003 | Stephen Vines
    One of Hong Kong's leading medical investigators into Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome has warned that an even wider global epidemic could occur next winter, even if the current outbreak proves to have peaked. Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, a microbiologist and one of two leaders of the Sars investigation team at Hong Kong university, said that other forms of the Coronavirus, of which Sars is the most deadly variant, go dormant in summer and become active again in winter. There was no reason to believe that the Sars virus would behave any differently. "This means that the coming winter may be even...
  • Academician Kolesnikov: The Virus of Atypical Pneumonia Has Been Created Artifically (SARS)

    04/11/2003 8:43:20 AM PDT · by Heartlander2 · 38 replies · 3,988+ views
    Russian Information Agency Novosti ^ | 4/11/03 | Alexander Batalin
    The virus of atypical pneumonia has been created artificially, possibly as a bacteriological weapon, believes Sergei Kolesnikov, Academician of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. He expressed this opinion at a news conference in Irkutsk (Siberia) on Thursday. According to him, the virus of atypical pneumonia is a synthesis of two viruses (of measles and infectious parotiditis or mumps), the natural compound of which is impossible. This can be done only in a laboratory, the academician is convinced. He also said that in creating bacteriological weapons a protective anti-viral vaccine is, as a rule, worked out at the same time....
  • Six Months to Act

    04/25/2003 5:47:40 AM PDT · by WaveThatFlag · 29 replies · 220+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, April 25, 2003 | By DONALD S. BURKE
    <p>The most chilling moment of my medical career occurred in 1985, when I led a program to test incoming U.S. Army recruits for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. At the time, little was known about the emerging HIV virus or AIDS. As I began to analyze blood samples from the first 600,000 recruits, I discovered that HIV had silently infected a large cross section of apparently healthy young adults. At that moment I realized that we were already losing the race to control the virus, and that the human species was destined to be afflicted with HIV as a fact of life -- and death -- for decades to come.</p>
  • SARS Virus Dies Earlier When Heat's On (Survives 15 days outside of body)

    06/03/2003 6:30:09 AM PDT · by Judith Anne · 89 replies · 720+ views
    People's Daily ^ | June 3, 2003 | Staff
    The virus of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) can live for up to 15 days without the human body, Chinese scientists have discovered. According to Tuesday's China Daily, the Key Science and Technology Group under the National Task Force for SARS Control and Prevention revealed that the virus can exist in temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius for five days in patients' saliva, mucus andexcrement, 10 days in urine and 15 days in blood. It can live indoors for three days on paper, cotton cloth, wood, metal, plastic and glass surfaces and in soil. Experiments by the group indicate that the...
  • No Plans for SARS Quarantine in US, Experts Tell Senate Panel

    04/08/2003 8:27:58 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 192+ views ^ | 4/08/03 | Steve Brown
    ( - No one in the United States has been quarantined for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), nor is there any plan to do so at this time, experts testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Monday. President Bush signed an executive order on Friday adding SARS, the Asian super-virus, to the list of quarantinable diseases under the Public Health Service Act. "What the executive order does is give us the authority to quarantine for SARS in the same way that we can quarantine for other communicable diseases like cholera," Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers...
  • Virus detectives seek source of SARS in China's wild animals (MORE CIVET CAT/SARS INFO)

    06/02/2003 8:42:22 PM PDT · by Neuromancer · 5 replies · 242+ views
    PROMED ^ | JUNE 2, 2003
    Virus detectives seek source of SARS in China's wild animals Researchers investigating the source of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) have turned their attention to the wild-animal markets of southern China. The move follows reports that workers and animals at the markets show high rates of infection with coronaviruses, the family to which the virus believed to cause SARS belongs. The possible link to wild animals emerged on 23 May 2003, when a team from the University of Hong Kong revealed that a coronavirus resembling the SARS virus had been isolated from 6 masked palm civets (_Paguma larvata_) and a...
  • Sars 'is mutant cold virus'

    04/11/2003 8:47:04 AM PDT · by CathyRyan · 24 replies · 289+ views
    BBC ^ | 11 April, 2003
    The mystery virus which has claimed the lives of more than 100 people around the world is a mutant form of the common cold, say experts. Tests on samples taken from patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) suggest it is a new type of corona virus, which normally causes the common cold. It has so far infected at least 3,000 people worldwide and killed 106, according to the World Health Organization. Scientists have suggested the virus, for which there is no known cure, is here to stay and may never be eradicated in some regions. International scientists These latest...
  • HK reports two SARS cases, two deaths; coronavirus traced to civet cats

    05/23/2003 2:59:06 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 50 replies · 1,295+ views
    channelasia news ^ | 05/23/03 | NA
    HK reports two SARS cases, two deaths; coronavirus traced to civet cats  Hong Kong said Friday another two people have been infected with SARS and two more deaths have been recorded, marking the 20th day in a row that the territory's daily infection figures were in single digits. This brought the total number of deaths to 260 from 1,724 infections. The latest fatalities from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) were two women, aged 57 and 89. Health officials said the 89-year-old woman had chronic illnesses, while the 57-year-old woman was a resident at the residential Amoy Gardens, one of the...
  • INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Hungry for Details, Scientists Zoom In on SARS Genomes

    05/03/2003 6:17:56 AM PDT · by Lessismore · 12 replies · 237+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2003-05-02 | Martin Enserink and Gretchen Vogel*
    Every week brings new questions about SARS--and sometimes, glimmers of answers. Last week, many of the questions centered on the genome of the new coronavirus believed to be the culprit. Since a Canadian research group first posted its entire sequence online on 13 April, genome information for nine other virus isolates has become available on the Web. Researchers around the world have devoured the genetic code like a pack of wolves, searching for clues to the virus's origins, behavior, and future. After press time this week, Science was set to publish online a paper analyzing the genome from the BCCA...

    05/01/2003 6:34:16 AM PDT · by I'll be your Huckleberry · 23 replies · 254+ views
    ProMed ^ | 4-30-03
    CORONAVIRUSES, ANIMAL: INAPPARENT INFECTION ************************************** Date: Wed 30 Apr 2003 From: Dr. Zhiru Guo I noticed that Canadian scientists found evidence of SARS virus in some "healthy control" people [see: "SARS - worldwide (69): diagnostic testing 20030425.1015"]. It is a puzzling finding. During investigation of the cause of bovine "sudden death syndrome" in past years, researchers in my institute also found coronavirus-like particles in ultrathin sections of several tissues of some clinically heathy animals, even in sections of hearts. A similar situation existed in pigs and dogs; it seems that coronavirus was a "normal parasite" of those "healthy animals." We...