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Mar 19, 2003

Mar 19, 2003

Paramyxovirus implicated in SARS as cases reach 264

(CIDRAP News) – As cases in the global outbreak of "severe acute respiratory syndrome" (SARS) climbed to 264 today, the World Health Organization (WHO) said there is evidence that the illness may be caused by a previously unknown member of the Paramyxovirus family, which causes measles, mumps, and canine distemper.

Mar 26, 2003

Mar 26, 2003

Chinese pneumonia outbreak linked to SARS

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of atypical pneumonia that began in southern China last fall was probably severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the mysterious flu-like illness that has spread to 13 countries since late February, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Apr 02, 2003

Apr 02, 2003

WHO warns against travel to China as world SARS cases top 2,200

Apr 2 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today took the unusual step of advising against nonessential travel to Hong Kong and the neighboring Guangdong Province of China because of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) there.

Jul 11, 2003

Jul 11, 2003

SARS suspected in Texas air base personnel

Editor's Note: A correction was made to paragraph 5 on July 14.

Sep 03, 2003

Sep 03, 2003

WHO advocates flu shots to limit SARS false alarms

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) says influenza vaccination may yield an extra benefit this year: limiting the number of false alarms for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Jan 22, 2004

Jan 22, 2004

WHO warns avian flu situation may get worse

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) warned today that the avian influenza outbreaks and related human cases in East Asia may get worse, while worries about a possible outbreak mounted in Thailand.

Aug 11, 2004

Aug 11, 2004

Tularemia cases on Martha's Vineyard puzzle experts

(CIDRAP News) – A medical mystery is baffling infectious disease experts on Martha's Vineyard.

The island off Cape Cod, Mass., has had a string of mysterious tularemia cases. For the fifth summer in a row, people are falling ill with the rare pneumonic form of tularemia, one of the six diseases considered most likely to be spread by terrorists.

Jan 05, 2005

Jan 05, 2005

Human cases of H5N1 avian flu may have been missed

(CIDRAP News) – A new study of human cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Thailand suggests that a number of cases might have gone undetected and that the disease may prey on children disproportionately.

Feb 18, 2005

Feb 18, 2005

Pneumonic plague outbreak in Congo sparks WHO response

(CIDRAP News) – An unusual outbreak of pneumonic plague that has killed at least 61 people and potentially sickened hundreds of others is the focus of a World Health Organization (WHO) mission in a war-torn area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Oct 21, 2005

Oct 21, 2005

Thai boy has avian flu; UK finds H5 virus in parrot

(CIDRAP News) – The 7-year-old son of a Thai farmer who died 2 days ago of H5N1 avian influenza also has the virus, but there is no evidence that the boy caught it from his father, according to news services.

Reuters and Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports said the boy tested positive for the virus, but they didn't say what test was used or where it was done. The boy is hospitalized but is expected to recover.

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