21 June 2004

Easy To Pass, Hard To Cure

Singapore doctors led by Dr. Seng Chee Loon of the National University Hospital in Singapore and his colleagues just found the SARS virus (SARS-Cov)in samples taken from tear ducts from 36 patients suspected of being infected last year.

This is not at all surprising. In my opinion, since the SARS virus is a mutated flu virus, its infectivity and virulence are twice, perhaps thrice the ordinary flu virus. All body fluids from SARS patients like sweat, tears, urine, blood, cough and sneeze droplets should all be suspect as harboring the virus and therefore, avoided.

Initially recognized as a global threat in March 2003, SARS made its first appearance in Southern China in November 2002. After several months, the illness spread to more than 24 countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, killing more than 800 and infecting more than 8000 people. The dreaded 2003 SARS global outbreak was already controlled and contained, but the chances that person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV might recur remains a big possibility especially with the current finding.

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