Severe acute respiratory syndrome

Recent News

Nov 25, 2014

News Scan for Nov 25, 2014

Questions on GOF pause
Cholera in Haiti
Pneumococcal vaccine in kids
Jun 06, 2014

WHO: Infection control gaps helped fuel UAE MERS surge

Several factors contributed, the WHO says, while experts call for case-control studies.

May 21, 2014

News Scan for May 21, 2014

Guinea Ebola outbreak eases
Pasteur lab suspension
North American pact on health emergencies
May 19, 2014

COMMENTARY: Protecting health workers from airborne MERS-CoV—learning from SARS

Compelling evidence and prudence dictate higher levels of respiratory protection for health workers.

Apr 15, 2014

News Scan for Apr 15, 2014

Lab loses SARS virus pieces
Caribbean chikungunya surge
Diarrhea treatment gap in Africa
Oct 30, 2013

Close relative of SARS virus found in Chinese bats

The findings support the hypothesis that the SARS virus originated in bats.

Sep 19, 2013

News Scan for Sep 19, 2013

Canadian SARS leader dies
Polio risk in Africa
MDR/XDR-TB in Europe
Aug 08, 2013

Blood study suggests camels could be MERS-CoV carriers

Researchers find evidence that camels have been exposed to MERS-CoV or a close relative.

Jul 26, 2013

Study outlines how MERS and SARS are alike, differ

More MERS patients had preexisting health problems and were much more likely to die.

Jul 22, 2013

OIE downplays camels as possible MERS-CoV source

The OIE says there is little evidence of a link between camels and MERS-CoV cases.

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

Al-Tawfiq JA, Zumla A, Memish ZA. Travel implications of emerging coronaviruses: SARS and MERS-CoV. Travel Med Infect Dis 2014 Sep-Oct;12(5):422-8

He B, Zhang Y, Xu L, et al. Identification of diverse alphacoronaviruses and genomic characterization of a novel SARS-like coronavirus from bats in China. J Virol 2014 (published online Apr 9)

Selvey LA, Antao C, Hall R. Evaluation of border entry screening for infectious diseases in humans. (Perspective) Emerg Infect Dis 2015 Feb;21(2)

Xu C, Wang J, Wang L, et al. Spatial pattern of severe acute respiratory syndrome in-out flow in 2003 in Mainland China. BMC Infect Dis 2014 Dec 31;14:3843

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