New Sars-like virus detected

2012-09-24 18:32

London - British health authorities have alerted the UN of a new respiratory virus in a severely ill patient from Qatar.

The man was sickened by a coronavirus, which causes most common colds but also causes Sars, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. In 2003, Sars killed hundreds of people, mostly in Asia, in a short-lived outbreak.

Britain's Health Protection Agency said in a statement late on Sunday that the 49-year-old patient had recently travelled to Saudi Arabia.

The UN health agency says virus samples from the patient were almost identical to those of a 60-year-old Saudi national who died earlier this year.

The World Health Organisation says it is trying to determine the public health implications of the two cases but isn't currently recommending travel restrictions.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-09-24 18:38

    Oh no!! not the SARS scare again ..

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-09-24 18:42

    Man made no doubt.

      albevdm - 2012-09-25 06:40

      I despise people who insinuate that we scientists are responsible for diseases. Quite simply, we don't have the technology or the knowledge needed to "create" a virus. Not HIV, not SARS, not anything. We only learned a year and a half ago which genes are essential to a bacterium when Craig Venter constructed an "artificial bacterium". And bacteria are genomically simple compared to viruses. Viruses have overlapping genes, many have several genome segments, and this makes it almost impossible to construct a virus from scratch. Perhaps people who make such insinuations should learn about evolution, which is the only force that can result in the proliferation of a new viral strain. Disclaimer: I'm not saying we will never be able to "create" new viruses. I'm saying we aren't currently capable of it.

  • jaco.duplessis.7 - 2012-09-24 18:42

    Sars virus detected? I detect it on my payslip every month.

      merven.halo - 2012-09-25 11:44

      You too? There is a pandemic happening!

  • tatsee - 2012-09-24 19:13

    Its called e-tolls.

  • Zahir - 2012-09-24 19:47

    Another sars virus attacks your income

  • johnnie.walker.7503314 - 2012-09-24 20:24

    For a moment I though South African Revenue Services! They really are a bad disease!

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