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  • Chinas Worst Self-Inflicted Environmental Disaster: The Campaign to Wipe Out the Common Sparrow

    07/18/2012 6:46:59 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies
    IO9 ^ | July 18, 2012 | George Dvorsky
    Chinas Worst Self-Inflicted Environmental Disaster: The Campaign to Wipe Out the Common Sparrow Back in the 1950s, China was going through its Great Leap Forward, an effort to transform China from a largely agrarian nation to a thriving industrial Marxist powerhouse. These sweeping (and often brutal) reforms, touched virtually every facet of Chinese life and as one particular episode in China's history points out, the animal kingdom was also far from immune. In 1958, China ordered the extermination of several pests, including sparrows an ill-fated campaign that eventually led to catastrophe. The Four Pests campaign Chinese leader Mao...
  • European Team Finds No Evidence of Viral Change in MERS-CoV

    05/13/2014 2:26:34 PM PDT · by steve86 · 8 replies
    Medscape Medical News ^ | May 12, 2014 | Kate Johnson
    BARCELONA, Spain A team from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) just back from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, reports that there appears to be no change in either the virulence of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) or its transmissibility. The "dramatic" spike in the number of MERS-CoV cases reported in the past 3 weeks is related to a seasonal increase in primary cases, combined with a "huge spillover and amplification" of secondary cases caused by in-hospital transmission to healthcare workers and other patients, said Denis Coulombier, MD, head of the unit for surveillance and response support...
  • Saudi Arabia warns of MERS risk from camels as cases rise

    05/11/2014 7:18:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/10/2014
    Saudi Arabia said people handling camels should wear masks and gloves to prevent spreading Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), issuing such a warning for the first time as cases of the potentially fatal virus neared 500 in the kingdom. Health experts say camels are the most likely animal source of infection for the disease, which the Saudi health ministry said late on Saturday that seven more people had caught. First reported two years ago in Saudi Arabia, MERS is a coronavirus like SARS, which originated in animals and killed around 800 people worldwide after first appearing in China in 2002....
  • Saudi Arabia reports 1 more death from new virus

    02/17/2014 12:20:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2014 2:01 AM EST
    Saudi Arabia says a Saudi man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 60 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak. [] He was among four newly detected cases, bringing the number to 145 of people who have been infected with the virus in Saudi Arabia since September 2012, according to the (health) ministry.
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 2 new diseases _ 1 related to SARS and 1 new bird flu _ could both spark global outbreaks

    05/13/2013 5:48:45 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 18 replies
    WP ^ | May 13 2013 | AP
    Two respiratory viruses in different parts of the world have captured the attention of global health officials - a novel coronavirus in the Middle East and a new bird flu spreading in China.
  • 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
  • First case of deadly SARS-like virus in France

    05/08/2013 10:26:15 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 08 May 2013 12:01 GMT+02:00
    France's health ministry on Wednesday reported the country's first case of a SARS-like virus that has killed 18 people so far, mostly in Saudi Arabia. An unidentified person who came back to France from a trip to the United Arab Emirates was diagnosed with the deadly novel coronavirus, the ministry said. "This is the first and only confirmed case in France to date," it added. The patient is currently in intensive care in hospital and has been placed in isolation. The virus, known in medical jargon as nCoV-EMC, was first detected in September 2012 and since then more than 30...
  • 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 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.
  • A SARS-like Virus Has Been Detected In The Middle East

    09/24/2012 2:45:26 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-24-2012 | Joshua Berlinger
    A SARS-like Virus Has Been Detected In The Middle East Joshua BerlingerSeptember 24, 2012 Health experts are monitoring a SARS-like virus that has killed one individual and hospitalized another in the Middle East. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that the 49-year-old Qatari man was admitted to an intensive care unit in Doha on September 7, suffering from "acute respiratory infection and kidney failure" after traveling to Saudi Arabia. He was transferred to Britain by air ambulance on September 11. The British Health Protection Agency also released a statement on Sunday addressing the infections. The WHO said virus...
  • Air Leak Sparks Safety Fears at CDC Bioterror Lab (Biosafety Level 3 - Anthrax, Influenza, SARS ...)

    06/22/2012 2:59:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 13, 2012 | KATIE MOISSE
    Air Leak Sparks Safety Fears at CDC Bioterror Lab CDC's Emerging Infectious Disease Lab has experienced repeated problems with airflow systems The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal agency charged with preventing the spread of infectious diseases has come under attack today for "serious" airflow problems in an Atlanta building that houses anthrax, SARS and monkeypox. Documents and emails obtained by USA Today suggest that a poorly engineered airflow system in the CDC's Building 18 could expose unprotected staff and visitors to dangerous airborne pathogens. "As the door closed a very noticeable puff of air could be felt...
  • Novel strategy stymies SARS et al. (viral replication)

    10/28/2011 11:51:21 AM PDT · by decimon · 4 replies
    LMU Munich ^ | October 28, 2011
    Broad-spectrum antibiotics, which are active against a whole range of bacterial pathogens, have been on the market for a long time. Comparably versatile drugs to treat viral diseases, on the other hand, have remained elusive. Using a new approach, research teams led by Dr. Albrecht von Brunn of LMU Munich and Professor Christian Drosten from the University of Bonn have identified a compound that inhibits the replication of several different viruses, including the highly aggressive SARS virus that is responsible for severe acute respiratory syndrome. The new method exploits the fact that interactions between certain host proteins and specific viral...
  • Swine flu sweeping world 'at speed'

    07/17/2009 12:33:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 974+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | July 18, 2009
    THE World Health Organisation says swine flu has swept the globe at "unprecedented speed", and a study warns that the pandemic could tip the world into deflation and delay the economic recovery. The WHO said it will stop giving figures on the numbers infected by the A(H1N1) virus to allow countries to channel resources into close monitoring of unexpected developments and patterns in the spread of the disease. Argentina, meanwhile, issued a nationwide alert after pigs were confirmed to have the swine flu virus. "In past pandemics, influenza viruses have needed more than six months to spread as widely as...
  • Swine Flu in Perspective

    05/02/2009 3:04:11 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 553+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 02, 2009 | Frank S. Rosenbloom, M.D.
    Outbreak! was the title of the movie released in 1995 about an Ebola epidemic, inspired by news reports of outbreaks of the deadly virus in Africa. Some experts opined that "it could happen here" and that it was just a matter of time before Ebola would show up in the US. Never one to play along, I posted a sign in my office in 1996 that if Ebola broke out here I would move to Africa and live with the monkeys. I am still here. In 2003 a horrible new disease was spreading out of Asia. SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory...
  • How swine flu could be a bigger threat to humanity than nuclear warfare

    04/26/2009 5:04:44 PM PDT · by Flavius · 58 replies · 2,220+ views
    daily mail ^ | 27th April 2009 | By Michael Hanlon
    When a new animal virus emerges in some crowded corner of the Third World and the experts start talking gravely about pandemics, the inevitable question is: How much should we worry? Well, it probably isn't time, quite yet, to be heading for the hills but the emergence of a new and deadly strain of swine flu in Mexico is a matter of serious concern. If we are lucky, we will see something like a rerun of the SARS or bird flu scares seen earlier this decade - scary but containable outbreaks of disease which have (so far) killed a few...
  • Russia: Chinese woman dies from suspected SARS on Moscow-bound train - 3

    04/17/2009 12:58:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 833+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 04/15/09
    Chinese woman dies from suspected SARS on Moscow-bound train - 3 21:25 | 15/ 04/ 2009 Print version (Recasts, details nationalities para 2, adds quotes paras 6,7) MOSCOW, April 15 (RIA Novosti) - A Chinese woman has died from what may be Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) while traveling on a train from the Far East Russian city of Blagoveshchensk to Moscow, a medical source said on Wednesday. The train was stopped at the Zuyevka station in central Russia's Kirov Region, and 51 Chinese passengers and two Russian train stewards were sent to a local hospital. The Kirov Region administration...
  • Chinese Scientist Warns Possible Outbreak of Mutant SARS

    03/29/2009 3:57:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 815+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 03/29/09
    /begin my translation Chinese Scientist Warns Possible Outbreak of Mutant SARS Newsis According to Ming-bao of Hong Kong on Mar. 29, Rao Zihe, a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and President of Nankai University, warned that the mutant variant of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(SARS,) which swept China in 2003 could break out again. The report says that in a lecture given at Science University the day before, a new stronger variant of SARS could spread again. Rao explained he is conducting in-depth research on SARS virus along with his colleagues. When SARS broke out 6 years ago, he was...
  • Terrorists could strike Britain by infecting country with bird flu[SARS]

    11/27/2008 3:09:15 PM PST · by BGHater · 7 replies · 585+ views
    Telegrah ^ | 27 Nov 2008 | Duncan Gardham
    Terrorists could strike Britain by infecting the country with bird flu or Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a leading group of security experts has warned. A commission led by Lord Ashdown, the former Liberal Democrat leader,identified 27 countries where terror organisations could become a threat to the UK. The report by the Institute of Public Policy Research warns that one of the biggest emerging threats comes from terrorists turning to biological warfare. The assessment comes from the IPPR's Commission on National Security for the 21st century which is chaired by Lord Ashdown and Lord Robertson, the former Secretary General of...
  • Taiwanese Intelligence Chief Cai Chaoming: SARS was the biochem warfare agents

    10/07/2008 5:51:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 673+ views
    PCHome News ^ | 10/06/08 | Cheng Ping
    /begin my translation National Security Bureau Director Cai Chaoming: SARS was the biochem warfare agents 2008-10-06 13:45: 14 Cheng Ping Toxic milk scandal erupts in mainland China, and the joke among Internet users is that this is mainland China launching biochemical agents. Although such an accusation is indeed a joke, National Security Bureau Director Cai Chaoming said today at the (Taiwanese) legislature's hearing that National Security Bureau has the evidence that the SARS virus, which drove entire Taiwan into panic several years ago, was the biochemical (warfare) agents. Furthermore, after the United Nations expert's investigation, serious suspicions were raised on...
  • Evolutionary History Of SARS Supports Bats As Virus Source

    02/20/2008 3:38:29 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 158+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-20-2008 | Ohio State University.
    Evolutionary History Of SARS Supports Bats As Virus Source ScienceDaily (Feb. 20, 2008) Scientists who have studied the genome of the virus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) say their comparisons to related viruses offer new evidence that the virus infecting humans originated in bats. The analysis tracing the viruses paths through human and animal hosts counters assertions that SARS was eradicated in 2004 when thousands of palm civet cats in China were identified as the original source and killed in an effort to eliminate the risk of new outbreaks. According to this new analysis, humans actually appear...
  • Breakthrough diagnostic kits for viral pandemics developed by Israeli scientist

    11/14/2007 4:45:59 PM PST · by ddtorquee · 4 replies · 81+ views
    When the SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic broke out in 2002, Israeli scientist Dorit Arad was alarmed. She was living in the US at the time, and had to fly frequently for her work, exposing herself to risk. During the outbreak, which lasted from November 2002 to July 2003, 774 people died of the highly contagious respiratory disease - a mortality rate of 9.6 percent. "I was panicked," admits Arad. "I even started wearing a mask." It gave her an idea, however. One of the problems with this pneumonia-like disease, was diagnosis, which was expensive, slow, and had a...
  • Doctor who blew whistle on SARS banned from leaving China: report

    07/12/2007 6:30:30 AM PDT · by BGHater · 6 replies · 320+ views
    AP ^ | 11 July 2007 | AP
    A Chinese military surgeon who broke government secrecy to reveal the true scale of Beijing's SARS outbreak in 2003 has been banned from leaving China to accept a human rights award, a rights watchdog said Wednesday. Jiang Yanyong, 76, was praised as an "honest doctor" by Chinese media after he wrote a letter to reporters saying that Beijing had more than 100 unreported SARS cases. The revelation was followed by embarrassing official admissions and the firing of a cabinet minister. SARS killed nearly 800 people around the world, including 44 in Toronto. Jiang has been awarded the Heinz R. Pagels...
  • China Faces Crisis of Credibility Before Olympics

    06/13/2007 7:53:08 AM PDT · by Lou L · 15 replies · 584+ views
    Peace and Freedom - Policy and World Ideas ^ | June 13, 2007 | John E. Carey
    China Faces Crisis of Credibility BeforeOlympics By John E. Carey Peace and Freedom June 13, 2007China has a crisis on its hands. With less than a year to the final run up to the Beijing Games next summer, Chinese pet food has killed American pets; Chinese toothpaste has been found to contain thinners that are poisonous; Chinese catfish are prohibited by Alabama and Mississippi because of high levels of antibiotics; a company in California has recalled monkfish from China because it is probably really puffer fish containing the toxin chemical tetrodotoxin.On Tuesday, June 12, 2007, Chinas number two envoy in...
  • China and the Food Supply: The Ugly Story of Chinas Culture of Corruption

    05/08/2007 7:34:46 AM PDT · by Lou L · 39 replies · 1,346+ views
    Peace and Freedom - Policy and World Ideas ^ | May 8, 2007 | John E. Carey
    China and the Food Supply: The Ugly Story of China’s Culture of Corruption By John E. Carey Peace and Freedom May 8, 2007SARS. Bird flu. Contaminated dog food. Contaminated pharmaceuticals. Chickens held off the market. Pigs dying.“Food fear” is real. There is and should be real fear about the way China, or at least many Chinese firms involved, handle their responsibilities in food and feed manufacturing and development.Every once in a while a journalist gets to go back into the archieves and find something that was “relevant then and even more important now”.On Sunday, May 4, 2003, The Washington Times published...
  • Review of Bats and SARS

    11/14/2006 6:01:12 AM PST · by Mother Abigail · 10 replies · 388+ views
    EID ^ | December 2006
    EID Journal Home Volume 12, Number 12 December 2006 Abstract Bats have been identified as a natural reservoir for an increasing number of emerging zoonotic viruses, including henipaviruses and variants of rabies viruses. Recently, we and another group independently identified several horseshoe bat species (genus Rhinolophus) as the reservoir host for a large number of viruses that have a close genetic relationship with the coronavirus associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Our current research focused on the identification of the reservoir species for the progenitor virus of the SARS coronaviruses responsible for outbreaks during 2002 - 2003 and 2003...
  • Researchers prove lung stem cells exist

    06/15/2006 9:37:47 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 250+ views
    The Taipei Times ^ | Shelley Shan
    Scientists at the Genomic Research Center of the Academia Sinica announced yesterday they had proved the existence of lung stem cells, which are an important target of infection for the SARS virus. The results were published in one of this year's issues of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which publishes reports on cutting-edge research from several different scientific disciplines. The project is a joint effort of the Genomics Research Center and the Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology of Academia Sinica, the National Defense Medical Center and Taipei Medical University. John Yu (), the leader of the...
  • Whatever Happened To . . . The SARS Pandemic?

    02/28/2006 4:36:59 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 527+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-25-2006 | Iain Hollingshead
    Whatever happened to ... the Sars pandemic? Iain Hollingshead Saturday February 25, 2006 The Guardian (UK) It has all been bird flu this week, but it is not so long since the spectre of a Sars pandemic was hogging the headlines. Severe acute respiratory syndrome is a pneumonia-like coronavirus that first emerged in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong in November 2002. Eight months later, the international spread of Sars-CoV had resulted in 8,098 cases and 774 deaths in 26 countries. "Surviving is even worse than dying," said one sufferer in Hong Kong. Many victims were left with debilitating bone...
  • Bush Outlines $7.1B Flu-Fighting Strategy

    11/01/2005 8:58:42 AM PST · by Solson · 90 replies · 1,938+ views
    AP ^ | 11/1/05 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    Bush Outlines $7.1B Flu-Fighting Strategy By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer 32 minutes ago President Bush outlined a $7.1 billion strategy Tuesday to prepare for the danger of a pandemic influenza outbreak, saying he wanted to stockpile enough vaccine to protect 20 million Americans against the current strain of bird flu.The president also said the United States must approve liability protection for the makers of lifesaving vaccines. He said the number of American vaccine manufacturers has plummeted because the industry has been hit with a flood of lawsuits. Bush said no one knows when or where a deadly strain...
  • Administration mobilizes to prepare U.S. for possible pandemic

    10/16/2005 6:13:36 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 28 replies · 981+ views ^ | Sun, Oct. 16, 2005 | Jonathan S. Landay Knight Ridder Newspapers
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is scrambling to prepare the nation for a possible global rampage by a new flu germ that it fears could kill nearly 2 million Americans, sicken tens of millions more and shatter the economy. The key question is how much preparation can be done before a calamity strikes that, in a worst-case scenario, could make the health system collapse; overwhelm morgues; close schools, airports and harbors; end public gatherings; require strict quarantines; and cripple businesses and vital public services by mass absenteeism. "You're looking at a nation-busting event," warned Tara O'Toole, director of the Center...
  • Bush Wants Right To Use Military If Bird Flu Hits

    10/04/2005 12:02:27 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 391 replies · 7,194+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/4/05
    WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - President George W. Bush asked Congress on Tuesday to consider giving him powers to use the military to enforce quarantines in case of an avian influenza epidemic. He said the military, and perhaps the National Guard, might be needed to take such a role if the feared H5N1 bird flu virus changes enough to cause widespread human infection. "If we had an outbreak somewhere in the United States, do we not then quarantine that part of the country? And how do you, then, enforce a quarantine?" Bush asked at a news conference. "It's one thing...
  • Death Toll From Canada Outbreak Now at 16- (alrighty then)

    10/05/2005 6:49:59 PM PDT · by Flavius · 8 replies · 581+ views
    ap ^ | 10.5.05 | na
    ORONTO - A deadly outbreak of a respiratory illness at a Toronto nursing home for the elderly has claimed six more lives, raising the death toll to 16, health officials said Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT The cause of the outbreak at the Seven Oaks Home for the Aged remains unknown, although officials insisted the situation was under control. Thirty-eight people remained hospitalized with the illness, and officials fear many of them are too frail to fully recover. Another 88 residents, employees and visitors have been affected. Public health officials have said it may never be possible to determine the exact type of...
  • Impeding progress (Chinas Avian Flu Research)

    10/02/2005 11:01:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 383+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Oct. 02, 2005 | Masthead Editorial
    China took a lot of deserved criticism a few years ago for its slow reaction to the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. Now Beijing is rightly coming under fire for stalling on requests from international health officials to share samples of bird-flu virus. Evidently, the Chinese are afraid they wont receive proper credit for the research theyve done so far. That would be astonishingly shortsighted. Bird flu has popped up in several Asian countries besides China. Birds, notably chickens, have died in large numbers either from the disease or from programs to stop its spread by eradicating...
  • Disease Trackers Tasked with Spotting and Stopping Deadly Diseases

    08/31/2005 6:46:55 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 1 replies · 491+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 30 August 2005 | Amy Katz
    Disease hunters in action, just outside Washington, DC, at the U.S. Defense Department's Global Emerging Infections System, known as GEIS. They are working to track, prevent and cure infectious diseases. In one laboratory doctors are working with Sand Flies, which carry Leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease that usually infects the skin, but can also infect internal organs. Scientists also are working with mosquitoes that carry malaria. Chemists are working on new treatments and vaccines for a number of communicable diseases. Captain Joseph Malone Captain Joseph Malone is the director of GEIS. "We play a supportive role in both outbreaks within the...
  • Some Asian Bankers Worry About the Economic Toll From Bird Flu(makes a crisis scenario now)

    04/06/2005 6:14:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 459+ views
    NYT ^ | 04/05/05 | KEITH BRADSHER
    Some Asian Bankers Worry About the Economic Toll From Bird Flu By KEITH BRADSHER HONG KONG, April 4 - Investment banks are starting to issue warnings on the risks that avian influenza poses to the economies and financial markets of East Asia, even as health experts struggle to assess whether the disease has the potential to cause a pandemic at all. With Asia, and particularly China, now the main area of global economic growth along with the United States, economists across the region are considering any factors that could derail the region's expansion. Many such risks are familiar ones -...
  • World Health Organization proven wrong about airborne SARS

    03/30/2005 9:05:22 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 6 replies · 323+ views
    CFP ^ | March 30, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    When SARS was on the wane, the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that there was no evidence to suggest that it was an airborne virus. WHO got it wrong. A new Toronto study has found evidence that the SARS virus may spread through the air. That means SARS spreads not just through human contact, making it far more contagious than was previously thought. Before SARS ran its gamut in 2003, about 8,098 people in 29 countries contracted the deadly virus, with 774 of them dying. Included in the SARS fatalities were 44 in the Toronto area. Scientists agree that admitting...
  • Airborne SARS Transmission Is Possible, New Studies Suggest

    03/25/2005 10:16:07 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 164+ views
    Two new studies present evidence that the virus causing severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) may spread through the air, not just through direct contact with contaminated water droplets as previous research had shown. SARS coronavirus was detected in the air in a patient's room during the 2003 outbreak in Toronto, according to a new study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Another study, from Hong Kong, shows patients in hospital bays near a SARS patient had a much higher infection rate than patients in distant bays, consistent with the possibility of airborne SARS transmission, according to an article in...

    02/02/2005 12:19:01 PM PST · by FreeMarket1 · 19 replies · 629+ views ^ | Feb 02, 2005 | by Tim Brown
    NOW BIRD FLU ...Feb 02, 2005 - FreeMarketNews.comby Tim BrownIs bird flu the next SARS? The fear of so-called bird flu is growing in Southeast Asia. Thailand and Cambodia in addition to Vietnam have had cases of bird flu in humans. Flights between Hong Kong and Vietnam are broadcasting warnings of bird flu to passengers aboard the flight. It is rumored that China has cordoned off a strip along the Vietnam border as a buffer against the virus. The SARS virus debilitated the Asian economy. Business travel and exhibitions were cancelled. Many airlines cancelled service to and from Asian destinations....
  • WHO: Disease Could Double Asia Death Toll

    12/28/2004 10:06:12 AM PST · by Phsstpok · 11 replies · 445+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 12/28/2004 | AP
    GENEVA (AP) - The death toll from the Asian tidal waves could eventually double because of disease, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday. "There is certainly a chance that we could have as many dying from communicable diseases as from the tsunami," Dr. David Nabarro, head of crisis operations for WHO, told reporters. The death toll from the earthquake and associated tidal waves is already at 44,000, and officials expect it to rise further. Nabarro said the main threat to life now is communicable diseases associated with a lack of clean water and sanitation. "The initial terror associated with the...
  • Ultraviolet light can neutralise Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) in 10 minutes

    12/07/2004 7:49:40 AM PST · by dead · 18 replies · 866+ views
    Sunday Times (South Africa) ^ | Tuesday December 07, 2004 14:52 - (SA)
    TOKYO - A Japanese firm says it has developed a way to neutralise Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) within 10 minutes through ultraviolet rays to help prevent the spread of the virus which ravaged much of Asia in 2003. Ceramics maker Noritake said the virus, placed in a glass dish covered by a layer of titanium, became 99.9% harmless after being exposed to ultraviolet rays for 10 minutes. After 15 minutes exposure, Sar's effects completely go away, a company statement said. Noritake said the technique, developed by researchers and the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, could be used to clean...
  • Cats off the menu to avoid SARS

    10/18/2004 11:28:02 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 7 replies · 324+ views
    The Australian ^ | Oct. 19, 2004 | AP
    HONG KONG: China hopes to avoid any new SARS outbreaks with a preventative plan that is likely to include a ban on the consumption of civet cats in Guangdong province restaurants. China's vice health minister, Wang Longde, plans soon to travel to Guangdong, where SARS first emerged in late 2002, to finalise plans for avoiding the disease during the coming winter flu season, the pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po newspaper in Hong Kong said. Researchers say the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus might have originated in civet cats and other animals eaten as delicacies in Guangdong. After SARS appeared in...
  • Report: China might clamp down on civet cat dining to avoid SARS

    10/18/2004 12:37:50 PM PDT · by Shermy · 14 replies · 542+ views
    AP ^ | October 18, 2004
    China hopes to avoid any new SARS outbreaks with a plan that is likely to prohibit the consumption of civet cats in Guangdong province restaurants, a newspaper reported Monday. The mainland's vice health minister, Wang Longde, plans to travel to Guangdong, where SARS first emerged in late 2002, to finalize plans for avoiding the disease during the coming winter flu season, the pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po newspaper said. Researchers say the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus might have originated in civet cats and other animals eaten as delicacies in Guangdong. After SARS appeared in Guangdong, it spread to Hong Kong...
  • Scientists claim SARS vaccine breakthrough

    10/05/2004 9:13:06 PM PDT · by Bugbear · 5 replies · 246+ views
    Scientists claim SARS vaccine breakthrough Singapore scientists working to develop an edible vaccine for viruses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) have found a breakthrough in milk, media reports said today. Researchers have successfully immunised mice from a virus similar to SARS by feeding them with genetically modified lactic acid bacteria, which is found in cultured milk drinks, the Straits Times reported. This could mean that in a few years, doctors will be able to dispense a SARS vaccine that could simply be eaten or drunk, the principal investigator of the study, Associate Professor Lee Yuan Kun, told the...
  • 'Malaria Drug Is Effective Against SARS'

    09/03/2004 7:20:01 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 468+ views
    IOL ^ | 9-3-2004
    'Malaria drug is effective against SARS' September 03 2004 at 06:27PM Brussels - The anti-malaria drug chloroquine could be used to treat Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed hundreds of people last year, virologists at the Belgian Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) said on Friday. A research team led by Professor Marc Van Ranst of KUL's Rega Institute for Medical Research found that chloroquine "is active against the SARS coronavirus in laboratory experiments". "Chloroquine could be of great importance as preventive medication for people living in or travelling to SARS-affected areas, and as an antiviral treatment for SARS patients," the...
  • U.S. Issues Its First Plan for Responding to a Flu Pandemic

    08/26/2004 10:03:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 380+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 26, 2004 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    Galvanized by the SARS epidemic and the spread of avian flu, the Bush administration yesterday issued the first national plan for how the country should prepare for and respond to a pandemic of influenza, should it strike the United States. The plan lays out the public health measures that would be crucial in the event of a flu pandemic, including the emergency production of vaccines, the stockpiling of antiviral drugs, the freeing up of enough hospital beds to care for the sickest, the limiting of public gatherings and the possible imposition of quarantines. But administration officials said they were unable...
  • New Method Enables Researchers To Make Human SARS Antibodies Quickly

    07/12/2004 12:17:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 163+ views ^ | 7/12/04
    07/12/04 -- Human antibodies that thwart the SARS virus in mice can be mass-produced quickly using a new laboratory technique developed by an international research team collaborating with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the National Institutes of Health. The new technique could become an important tool for developing a cocktail of SARS-specific antibodies that might help protect people recently exposed to the SARS virus or at high risk of exposure. The technique could also make possible the development of a similar approach to prevent or treat other illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C....
  • China detains outspoken SARS doctor

    07/05/2004 5:56:57 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 3 replies · 348+ views
    UPI ^ | July 5, 2004
    Beijing, China, Jul. 5 (UPI) -- The elderly Chinese physician who exposed China's attempted cover-up of the outbreak of SARS is undergoing indoctrination training, the Washington Post said.Sources told the newspaper semi-retired 72-year-old surgeon Jiang Yanyong has been under 24-hour military supervision since June 1.Jiang became a national hero last year making public the government's efforts to hide the SARS outbreak. He also is being censured for denouncing the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre of pro-democracy civilians.Authorities have threatened to keep Jiang in custody until he "changes his thinking" and "raises his level of understanding" about the Tiananmen crackdown, said one...
  • Chinese Pressure Dissident Physician

    07/04/2004 10:48:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 258+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2004 | Philip P. Pan
    Hero of SARS Crisis Detained Since June 1 BEIJING -- Chinese military and security officials are forcing the elderly physician who exposed the government's coverup of the SARS epidemic to attend intense indoctrination classes and are interrogating him about a letter he wrote in February denouncing the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, according to sources familiar with the situation. The officials have detained Jiang Yanyong, 72, a semi-retired surgeon in the People's Liberation Army, in a room under 24-hour supervision, and they have threatened to keep him until he "changes his thinking" and "raises his level of understanding" about the Tiananmen...
  • Experimental SARS Vaccines Work on Animals, Studies Say

    06/27/2004 4:01:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 301+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 26, 2004 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    American and European scientists independently reported Thursday that they had protected animals from the SARS virus by two different types of experimental immunizations, raising hopes that they could ultimately be used among humans. One dose of an experimental vaccine sprayed into the nose fully protected a small number of monkeys against SARS, scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Md., said in a report to be published in The Lancet on Saturday. In the same issue, European scientists reported using a different strategy that involved injections of a human monoclonal antibody, a type of genetically...