View Full Version : SARS II: Epidemic Boogaloo

Ara Pacis
2012-Sep-25, 07:59 AM
Yahoo Article (http://news.yahoo.com/sars-virus-detected-middle-east-070206993.html)

LONDON (AP) 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.
Osterholm said it was worrying that at least one person with the disease had died. "You don't die from the common cold," he said. "This gives us reason to think it might be more like SARS," which killed about 10 percent of the people it infected.

They're worried that it may spread rapidly when the Hajj pilgrimage gets underway. Interesting and convenient timing, that.

2012-Sep-25, 08:32 AM
"You don't die from the common cold" is also I think inaccurate, or at least misleading. It may be strictly true, but I think that (frail) people can and do die of complications from the common cold.