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  • [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...