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Experimental SARS Vaccine

Latest research reveals a SARS vaccine may be on the horizon. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health report promising results from a study involving eight African green monkeys. Four of the monkeys were // immunized against the SARS virus using an intranasal vaccine made from a parainfluenza vaccine originally developed for children. The vaccine was reengineered to express a major ant...

Severe Acute respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

This respiratory diesease that can be fatal and threatens to become an epidemic. At present according to WHO 1485 cases have been identified worldwide with more than 50 reported deaths mostly in Asia... ..More dramatically the Italian doctor who discovered this illness recently succumbed to the disease in Thailand.// Dr.Carlo Urbani (46) a an expert on communicable diseases woking for WHO .. ..wa...

WHO Travel Advice to prevent spread of "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

WHO on 5th April reported a cumulative total of 2416 cases of SARS with 89 deaths from 18 countries. Recent deaths have occurred in Hong Kong SARS (3), Malaysia (1), and Singapore (1)...New cases that were reported reported in Canada (5), Hong Kong SARS (39), Taiwan, China (2), Singapore (1), the United Kingdom (1), and the United States of America. ....The SARS outbreak in Hong Kong has develope...

Guangdong health official says SARS can be prevented and treated

Health officials in China's southern Guangdong province said the SARS virus could be stopped and could be treated. In a report from the director of Guangdong's health department, said the average daily new cases had dropped by more than 50% in the first week of April. He gave this assurance as he was treating three foreigners, two from canada and one from America, in Guangdong who were infected./...

Second SARS suspect fuels worry in India

..After the country reported a new suspected case of the disease fears of the deadly SARS virus grew in India. This happened hours after doctors gave the cleared a woman suspected of being India's first SARS case. In Hyderabed a 48-year-old software worker was immediately admitted to a hospital after he arrived from Australia via Singapore. He had symptoms of high fever, cough and cold similar to...

SARS: India's drugs in demand

In a report from the Indian capital, the SARS virus has increased demand for macrolides, ....resulting in severely affected countries like China approaching the Indian pharmaceutical ....companies for additional supplies. Macrolides are a family of antibiotics that treat a wide range ....of bacterial infections. While doctors are still battling with the exact cure for SARS, ....macrolides, common...

SARS make Air India cut flights

India's international carrier, Air India, has decided to make more cuts to its flights to Hong Kong because of concerns over Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The move comes as the body representing India's commercial pilots issued directives to its members not to fly on the Bombay-Hong Kong route. However Air India flights will be operated by pilots who are not members of the pilots body...

Answer on SARS 3 to 4 weeks away

The World Health Organization said that it should take three to four weeks for it to fully understands about SARS in China. Since mid-February, an international team from WHO has been working with the Beijing government and now WHO are a full partner with China in the investigation of SARS. China has 1,435 cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome - SARS, accounting for about half of the global...

Flying with caution, with SARS

The risk of contracting SARS on a plane trip may probably be small if the trip isn't to Asia. Public worry is justified because too little is currently known about the virus. However people can be comfortable in the fact that newer airplanes have strong filters against viruses. There have even been policies implemented to keep travel as harmless as possible. Newer flights are equipped with sophis...

An Indian Bride with signs of SARS

In a report an Indian bride and some family members were confirmed as SARS patients. The doctors quarantined the groom, the wedding guests and the priest. This report forms the first major occurrence of SARS in India. The bride's brother who is India's second confirmed SARS case victim tested positive for the illness after traveling to Maharashtra state from Jakarta via Singapore for the ceremony...

Treatment for Sars patients refused

SARS victims have been refused treatment in Indian clinics where staffs worried about catching the disease. In Pune patients have been moved to government hospital. Private medical centre closed their clinic and refused to provide treatment for SARS infected patients. The patients include a bride, her mother and her brother who had flown in for the ceremony from Indonesia via Singapore. There wer...

SARS impact could be devastating

With a severe blow by SARS, the economies of several countries are forecast to shrink in the second quarter. More than five million foreign workers, from Filipina maids to Indonesian laborers and Vietnamese plantation workers, oil the wheels of commerce in the region, sending home in excess of $20 billion each year to their families. Studies show most of those families used the remittances for co...

Are Indians aware of SARS ?

As the number of SARS patients in India went up to 10, authorities are not confident about the gravity of SARS. Officals claim that, India has shown a far higher recovery rate than the rest of the world as a result of early detection and superior medical care provided to SARS patients. Even what we call confirmed cases are only confirmed through laboratory tests and they are only between 60 and 6...

WHO Declares Vietnam First Country to Control SARS

The WHO declared Vietnam as the first country to contain its SARS outbreak. Vietnam had five deaths from SARS after the virus spread in February through Hanoi's international hospital. There was about sixty three people affected by the virus. However Hanoi French Hospital closed its doors, there by reducing the rate of infection and keeping SARS from spreading beyond its doors. No new cases of SA...

SARS necessitates medical masks

The N95 mask is in demand once again. In the past this mask has been well tested whenever there has been need to protect our lungs from airborne infection. During all the previous instances around the world for example the world trade center tragedy and during the anthrax danger this mask was used. SARS or severe acute respiratory syndrome, the new viral disease N95 is the safest mask to...

SARS reaches Russian Federation

A Russian health official said their country has its first known case of SARS. A man in the town on border with chin have shown signs of SARS virus. Health officials sent sent lab samples to Moscow to determine whether he has the virus. However the health ministry said analysis had not yet confirmed the diagnosis. After the man's hospitalization with SARS-like symptoms, authorities in the Amur re...

Common Cold Remedy May Treat SARS

German researchers say an experimental drug developed to treat the common cold could help fight against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus. However they said the drug might not be available to the general public immediately. The drug is a relative of a remedy for treating common cold. As SARS and common cold are caused by the Corona virus, this could help in treating SARS. The drug, A...

China tells officials not to hide SARS damage

China, still reeling from an official SARS cover-up, is trying to stop more deception, this time of the extent of economic damage the deadly flu-like virus has caused to the world's sixth-biggest economy. The State Statistical Bureau said the illness, which hit retail sales and foreign investment last month, was likely to cause more disruption in May and June and officials should come clean about...

Baby born to SARS mother is healthy

One of three babies born to SARS-infected mothers in Hong Kong is now healthy and has been discharged from a hospital, officials said today. A Hong Kong Hospital Authority statement said the baby was discharged from Princess Margaret Hospital today....."The baby is healthy and doctors said he does not have..any SARS symptoms," Dr Liu Shao-haei, the Hospital..Authority's senior executive manager,...

Scientists review SARS

Scientists brought together by the World Health..Organization to review the epidemiologic data on SARS...Existing public health measures have been effective ..in containing the disease in many countries and ..should be worked eventually in China and Taiwan, ..where the disease is now concentrated.....Crucial measures are taken to control the chain of..person-to-person transmission of the SARS vir...

China reports declining number of SARS Cases

China reported eight new SARS cases Monday, the smallest number of new cases since the Beijing government began publishing daily reports on the spread of the SARS epidemic last month. Two additional deaths also were recorded today in Beijing and Inner Mongolia, bringing China's death toll from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome to 317. China's total of confirmed SARS cases now stands at 5,316. .....

Probable cases of SARS- A Countrywise breakdown

The number of cases of a new form of deadly pneumonia is on the rise especially in China, Hong Kong and Canada, The SARS virus was first detected in South China Asia and is now spreading across the world. As per reports from the World Health Organization the follwing cases of SARS that have led to fatality.These are the most up-to-date details as of May 23:// .. ..Total number of probable cases:...

WHO Says Toronto Going Back on SARS-Affected List

More than 2,000 people possibly exposed to the illness have been told to quarantine themselves at home for 10 days, said Dr. Colin D'Cunha, Ontario's chief medical officer of health. Precautions taken at Toronto Hospitals last month since the outbreak could not control dozens of possible new cases. Health officials conceded on monday as the WHO put Canada`s largest city back on its list of SARS...

Russia Reports First SARS Case

Russia reported its first case of SARS on its border with hard-hit China. ....The first confirmed case of SARS in Russia, a man living in Blagoveshchensk on the Amur river, which forms the frontier with China, came as Chinese President Hu Jintao tried to persuade the world his country could contain the disease...Hu told students in Moscow, at the start of a four-nation tour, that China had introd...

Origin Of SARS Virus Discovered

Recent findings from the University of Hong Kong and..the Shenzhen Disease Prevention and Control Center,..have indicated that workers caught the virus from..animals. The findings are observed form a study conducted on ten random workers at the market in Guangdong. About five out of the ten were found to have SARS antibodies, proving the presence of infection. But as none of them reported to be s...

Tech Wizards turn to build Anti-SARS gadgets.

As economys plummets, and the world's economic market..struggles to survive. Some of Beijings greatest minds..of the Chinese technology sector have created a new..trend in products. The new set of devices, christened..as Anti-SARS devices and gadgets. The gadgets are a..weapon to fight the epidemic that is crippliong our..world. Many such creation were unveiled at the Beijing..trade fair recently...

Best Drug for SARS

German investigators believe they have found a potential new drug that might be more effective in the treatment of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) than drugs now being used against the deadly disease.....In a research letter published in this week’s issue of The Lancet, the scientists outline results of a study comparing the standard drug used in SARS patients, ribavirin, with four addit...

First global SARS meet opens

The first major conference on the deadly SARS epidemic has opened in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur today. More than 1,000 scientists and clinicians gathered to examine how hard-hit regions responded to the outbreak, review scientific findings and talk about control strategies for a disease that has so far killed 799 people and infected 8,460. ....The meeting in Kuala Lumpur will also look...

World SARS-free within weeks

The World Health Organisation said the world should be free of the deadly SARS virus within the next two to three weeks, but warned the disease could emerge in China again next winter. "All countries are probably now going to be SARS-free within the next two-to-three weeks. SARS will be gone, we believe, from human populations," says WHO... ..Taiwan and Toronto -- the only two areas still regarde...

SARS-Free Taiwan to Mark End Phase of Global Fight

The WHO said on Friday it expected to announce the removal of the island from what was once a long list of infected regions or countries where new cases of the deadly virus had been reported within the previous 20 days. ..The normal incubation period for the disease is 10 days, and twice that time is the mandatory transmission-free period before //the WHO can declare a local emergency situation...

Return of SARS possible this fall

Unlike the outbreak earlier this year, the next time the disease could take hold in countries without adequate public health systems, //says a report by the National Intelligence Council...While the World Health Organization says all human chains of SARS transmission of were stopped, the virus could still exist in animal populations and be retransmitted to humans, the report says. .."The wave of...

SARS research confirms link to animals

Chinese scientists compared the genetic makeup of viral particles isolated from humans with SARS with a virus found in wild animals recently captured //and being held in a retail food market. ..The animals were found to have a corona virus that was 99.8 percent genetically identical to a virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, in humans. ..Their findings suggest that the mar...

Some pets found to be SARS carriers

The origin of the virus that killed 774 people remains unknown. Scientists believe people may have gotten the virus from animals that were infected by another source.// .."You might want to quarantine the pets as well as the people," suggested Dr. Robert Shope, an expert on emerging diseases at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. "If it's been shown that the virus can transmit f...

New Vaccine for SARS Coming Soon

A new study shows a vaccine made from the common cold virus may induce the immune system to help fight the SARS virus.//..Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention injected six monkeys with a genetically altered cold virus that is similar to parts of the SARS coronavirus. A new form of the coronavirus, called SARS-CoV, was discovered earlier this year. The monkeys were given...

China says patient may have SARS

Preliminary tests showed that China's first suspected SARS case in six months may have the coronavirus linked to the disease even as the WHO said it was waiting for more results to come in.// .."There is a possibility that the patient may have contracted the SARS coronavirus," Xu Ruiheng, deputy director of the Guangdong centre for diseases prevention and control, said on Hong Kong cable televis...

Human Antibody That Can Block SARS

SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) is a highly contagious and occasionally fatal illness that often progresses to pneumonia.// The virus killed nearly 800 people in a global outbreak last year. ..Researchers now say that they’ve discovered a human antibody that blocks infection caused by the SARS virus. ..Researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and elsewhere discovered an antibod...

Latest Findings On The Deadly Disease - SARS

Scientists continue to gain new insights into how the deadly disease - SARS spread so quickly during last year’s outbreak.// ..The latest discovery researchers have made is that the virus doesn’t always cause the pneumonia doctors believe is typical of the disease. They say that explains why some people got SARS even though it looked as if they’d never been around anyone who had the disease. .....

SARS vaccine shows promise in Animal Testing

SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, is a coronavirus. Similar viruses infect the pigs and other animals. It emerged in southern China in late 2002 and spread to more than two dozen countries on four continents before it was contained last summer. // More than 8,000 people worldwide were sickened, and at least 774 died.Civet cats and other mongoose-like animals that are sold in live food m...

The Logic Behind The Spread Of SARS

Hong Kong was the hardest-hit area during the worldwide epidemic with the highest incidence rate and a high fatality rate. In 2003, Hong Kong had // 1,755 SARS cases and 299 deaths in a ..population of 6.7 million. ....A recent study explains the large community outbreak of SARS in Hong Kong. It seems the air may be to blame. Investigators say, for future prevention and control, health care prof...

15 Anti-SARS Drugs Identified By China-Europe Team of Researchers

SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) has been a major killer in the last two years in July 2003; SARS had killed // 774 people worldwide and infected a further 8,000. A collaborative group of researchers from China, Germany, Denmark and Poland have spent the past year screening more than 8,000 existing drugs to find those that could combat SARS and now have identified 15 existing drugs that...
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