CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1988 |
People infected by the AIDS virus may be more likely to go on to develop the deadly disease if they are also infected by a related virus that can cause a particularly fatal form of leukemia, according to a study released last week. "These laboratory results suggest that doubly infected individuals have a worse prognosis for developing AIDS" than those who are infected only by the AIDS virus, said molecular virologist Irvin S. Y. Chen, who published his study in the journal Science.
September 7, 1993 |
Costa Mesa-based ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. is hosting a black-tie affair next month to hand out $50,000 to a British doctor. But it is not something one can drive to--that is, unless you live in London. On Sept. 28, the company, maker of the anti-viral drug, Virazole, is honoring a British physician John James Skehel for his work in the field of virology. Dr.
April 7, 1999
International Business Machines Corp. said several thousand of its Aptiva PCs may be infected with a virus that can shut down the computer. Susceptible machines include models 240, 301, 520 and 580 built between March 5 and March 17. The virus, called CIH, is spread when some files are transferred from one PC to another. IBM said it has contacted most of the affected customers and is providing a program to help eradicate the virus.
April 8, 1997 |
A virus may increase chances of obesity, say University of Wisconsin scientists who also discovered an intriguing paradox: The virus appears to make people fatter without raising cholesterol levels. Only circumstantial evidence links the virus with human obesity, researcher Nikhil Dhurandhar said, although he did prove it fattens animals. Specialists said the findings are preliminary but strong enough to justify more research. Dr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1989 |
Researchers report new evidence linking a common virus to Hodgkin's disease. Nancy Mueller and her colleagues at the Harvard University School of Public Health found people whose blood contained active Epstein-Barr virus or EBV appeared much more likely to go on to develop Hodgkin's disease. Previous studies had found people who had had mononucleosis, which is caused by EBV, were at increased risk for Hodgkin's disease, a relatively unusual cancer of the lymph nodes.
March 2, 2001 |
Britain and Ireland struggled Thursday to contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, and the first cases in Scotland were confirmed at farms near Lockerbie. With the spread of the livestock virus to Northern Ireland confirmed, fears mounted in the neighboring Irish Republic. Irish trainers were set to pull their horses out of a prestigious race, the Cheltenham Festival in England. The meet, set for March 13-15, could be called off.
August 3, 1997 |
For the first time, a viral infection has been found in manatees, causing some researchers to fear that the endangered sea mammal now has a new threat. The virus, diagnosed as a type of papillomavirus, has caused skin lesions on two manatees living in captivity in Florida. Other researchers say the virus may not be a new threat to manatees but rather a newly discovered one. Papillomavirus is found in other mammals, causing lesions that can interfere with the eyes, nose and genitals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1999
County health officials said Tuesday that a virus, not water contamination, was the probable cause of the flu-like symptoms that sent more than 200 students home from an elementary school last week. Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county director of public health, said a so-called Norwalk-type virus seems to be the culprit that affected almost half the students at Grace Miller elementary school.
April 28, 1999 |
A computer virus timed to strike on the anniversary of the April 26, 1986, nuclear plant disaster at Chernobyl, Ukraine, caused computer meltdowns around the world. The virus, believed to have originated in Taiwan, tries to erase a computer's hard drive and prevent the machine from being restarted. The effects were far worse overseas than in the United States.
April 9, 1999 |
A virus that has killed dozens of people in Malaysia is the first of its kind, an American health official said Thursday, and virologists are stumped about how it spreads. Scientists from the U.S. and other experts from Australia, Taiwan and Japan arrived in Malaysia several weeks ago to help the Southeast Asian country determine the nature of the virus believed to be spreading from pigs to humans.