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Australian Health Authorities on the Lookout for SARS Like Virus

Posted: February 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Australian Health Authorities on the Lookout for SARS Like Virus

Coronaviris NCoVAustralian authorities are watching a virus, which has killed almost half of the people who have contracted it, as it spreads across the Middle East and Europe. The World Health Organisation first identified novel coronaviris (NCoV) in September, but experts say there is no signs of it in Australia.

The virus is part of the same disease family as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – SARS –  A total of 11 people have contracted NCoV in Britain, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Jordon. Five sufferers have died.

Between November 2002 and July 2003, an outbreak of SARS in Hong Kong came close to being classified a pandemic, with 8,273 cases and 775 deaths worldwide – 9.5 per cent fatality – according to the World Health Organization. Within weeks, SARS spread from Hong Kong to infect individuals in 37 countries.

University of Queensland virology professor Paul Young says local health authorities are on alert because there is evidence of person-to-person transmission :: Read the full article »»»»

WHO Allows Publication of Controversial Bird Flu Research

Posted: February 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on WHO Allows Publication of Controversial Bird Flu Research

WHO Allows Publication of Controversial Bird Flu ResearchAfter months of controversy, the World Health Organisation – WHO – has decided to allow the publication of controversial research into bird flu. Scientists in the Netherlands and the United States have made versions of the virus which could potentially spread more easily between humans. There were calls for the research to be kept secret, and WHO indicated earlier this month that this was their preference, but the WHO has decided it is in the public interest to release it.

The disease remains a huge problem in countries from Indonesia to Egypt. When the H5N1 strain of bird flu has been contracted by humans, more than 60 per cent have died, making it one of the most lethal strains of flu ever detected. An expert panel convened by the WHO has decided the research should be published in full. The panel says the research should not be published until it has increased public awareness and understanding and reviewed issues of bio-safety and biosecurity. Read the full article »»»»