New SARS-like virus spreading worldwide
Old 09-26-2012, 02:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Global health officials are closely monitoring a new respiratory virus related to SARS that is believed to have killed at least one person in Saudi Arabia and left a Qatari citizen in critical condition in London.

The germ is a coronavirus, from a family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as SARS, the severe acute respiratory syndrome that killed some 800 people, mostly in Asia, in a 2003 epidemic.


In the latest case, British officials alerted the World Health Organization on Saturday of the new virus in a man who transferred from Qatar to be treated in London. He had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia and is now being treated in an intensive care unit after suffering kidney failure.

WHO said virus samples from the patient are almost identical to those of a 60-year-old Saudi national who died earlier this year. The agency isn't currently recommending travel restrictions and said the source of infection remains unknown.

Health officials don't know yet whether the virus could spread as rapidly as SARS did or if it might kill as many people. SARS, which first jumped to humans from civet cats in China, hit more than 30 countries worldwide after spreading from Hong Kong.

"It's still [in the] very early days," said Gregory Hartl, a WHO spokesman. "At the moment, we have two sporadic cases and there are still a lot of holes to be filled in."

He added it was unclear how the virus spreads. Coronaviruses are typically spread in the air but Hartl said scientists were considering the possibility that the patients were infected directly by animals. He said there was no evidence yet of any human-to-human transmission.

"All possible avenues of infection are being explored right now," he said.
Threat of SARS-like virus unclear - Technology & Science - CBC News
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jumping the gun a bit here fear-mongerer - there is no evidence anything has spread across borders just yet.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sars only killed 800? it seemed more then that, better watch out
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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normal flu kills millions. Not worth the scare.
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so that would be goat flu?

did pharma companies run out of money already?
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normal flu kills million. And if you really want to worry, there's Spanish *cough* influenza
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