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WORLD
June 24, 2003 | From Associated Press
Researchers said Monday that they had developed a new diagnostic test for SARS that has an 80% accuracy rate and can determine the amount of virus carried in a patient's blood. Scientists at Chinese University of Hong Kong said the test, which detects genetic material of the SARS virus in blood plasma, can help doctors screen patients as soon as they are hospitalized. That gives them better notice as to which ones will need intensive care.
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WORLD
December 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Chinese officials say a suspected SARS case has been found in the southern province of Guangdong, the World Health Organization and Hong Kong's health director said today. If confirmed, it would be China's first case of severe acute respiratory syndrome since July. The Health Ministry in Beijing notified the WHO on Friday that a journalist in Guangzhou, the provincial capital, might have contracted SARS, WHO spokesman Peter Cordingley said by phone from Manila.
SCIENCE
April 18, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
About three dozen Americans have probable cases of SARS using the definition of the deadly flu-like disease followed by the rest of the world, federal officials said Thursday. In all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists 208 Americans from 34 states as probable or suspected SARS cases. However, only 35 of them meet the definition for probable cases of the disease set by the World Health Organization. CDC Director Dr. Julie L.
WORLD
January 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
China's first confirmed SARS patient of the season has recovered and will leave the hospital Thursday, the government said. Doctors say the 32-year-old television producer from the southern province of Guangdong has had no fever since Dec. 24, the official New China News Agency reported. In the Philippines, meanwhile, health officials said tests showed that a woman who was suspected of having severe acute respiratory syndrome after returning from Hong Kong on Dec. 20 actually had pneumonia.
WORLD
September 10, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Singapore said tests had confirmed that a 27-year-old medical researcher had SARS -- the first case since the illness was reported contained in June -- but the World Health Organization said it wanted more tests. WHO spokesman Dick Thompson stressed that he was not casting doubt on Singapore's results. "We are urging that people take necessary precautions as if this were SARS, but at this moment it doesn't fit the clinical definition," he said. Singapore will send samples to the U.S.
SCIENCE
July 19, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Health officials said a change in the definition of SARS has reduced the number of U.S. cases of the illness by half. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its case definition of severe acute respiratory syndrome to exclude people whose lab tests turned up negative for the virus 21 days after the onset of symptoms. It said the number of suspect or probable SARS cases in the United States now totals 211, down from 418 on July 15.
WORLD
June 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The first human clinical trials of a SARS vaccine are underway in China, where four volunteers have been injected with a prototype, the World Health Organization said. The trials, being conducted by the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech Ltd., will be expanded to include 32 more volunteers. About 150 scientists, researchers and public health experts from 30 countries held four days of talks on vaccine research in Montreux, Switzerland.
WORLD
June 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The World Health Organization lifted SARS warnings against travel to mainland China except Beijing, in a further sign the potentially fatal disease is being tamed. But the WHO kept up its call to avoid unnecessary trips to the Chinese capital and to Taiwan because of lingering worries about severe acute respiratory syndrome. The U.N. agency also expressed concern about Toronto after a visitor from North Carolina became infected.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2003 | From Associated Press
Insurers have begun excluding SARS virus coverage from policies written for sponsors of special events such as concerts, trade shows and conventions because they know too little about the disease and its risks. The exclusion affects event cancellation policies written to protect sponsors from occurrences beyond their control, such as fire or hurricanes, that could ruin one-time occasions.
HEALTH
May 12, 2003 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
Pills, herbs, air purifiers and other products are being offered up with either the implicit or explicit claim that they can help protect people against severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, the potentially fatal disease that has killed more than 500 people worldwide. Such assertions should be greeted with a dose of skepticism, infectious disease specialists say. It is highly unlikely that any of these products have been specifically tested for SARS, they point out.
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