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SARS threat the world
      #62627 - 04/03/03 02:51 PM

An new lethal infection has prompted the World Health Organisation to issue a global alert to doctors and governments. The respiratory illness has so far killed at least 18 people - and perhaps as more than 50 -

The first reports of an infection followed the death of a US businessman in a Hong Kong hospital in mid-March.

The man had visited China and Vietnam - hospital staff there and in Hong Kong subsequently fell ill.

However, it now seems possible that he was not the source of the Hong Kong outbreak. It is possible, though not confirmed, that the initial source of the infection was China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness in Guangdong province, which started in February, has killed over 31 people.
Known symptoms of the infection are similar to those experienced by an influenza sufferer, including high fever, headache sore throat, and cough.

In some cases pneumonia has developed, with patients finding it very hard to breathe - some have required artificial ventilation in hospital.

In the absence of a better description, the World Health Organisation have termed it "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome" (SARS).

This is possibly a new strain which has mutated to become more dangerous to humans.

Nothing is certain however - there is the chance that while this virus can be found in many people who have fallen ill, it is simply one factor in the illness, and the principal symptoms have been caused by another bug.

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Re: SARS threat the world new
      #62635 - 04/03/03 10:16 PM

Is this a SARS board?

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