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  1. Ignorance was always the biggest enemy as scientists raced to unravel the mystery virus

    Posted Feb 27th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... made it so deadly. On March 26, 2003, the University of Hong Kong's team of virologists determined that Sars was caused by a 'tricky' new coronavirus. Until Sars surfaced, there were only 11 known animal coronaviruses, so named for their halo- or crown-like (corona) appearance under a microscope. Coronaviruses had been known to cause colds in humans and were associated ...

  2. HKU finds new drug and route to fight flu

    Posted May 31st 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... hope of a new defence against pandemics. The research findings, published in the international science journal Nature Biotechnology today, identifies a 'novel drug target' for killing ... have very effective drugs to fight against, such as parainfluenza and Sars coronaviruses.' After the team's effort to develop drugs against the Sars coronavirus in 2004 and 2005, ...

  3. Close watch needed on Sars-related virus, expert warns

    Posted Feb 28th 2009, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... an expert says. Yuen Kwok-yung, chair of the department of microbiology at the University of Hong Kong, said the human coronavirus HKU had already caused people to fall seriously ill in Hong Kong, ... The man survived. In 2003, Professor Yuen's team was among the first to find that severe acute respiratory syndrome was caused by a mutation of the coronavirus, which, until then, was thought ...

  4. News - Hong Kong

    Health experts on alert over virus risk

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 12:00am by EMILY TSANG AND LO WEI

    ... Emily Tsang and Lo Wei Experts on alert over new virus risk Hongkongers could be at risk from a newly identified coronavirus, local experts warn. Although it has been confirmed different ... coronavirus belong to the same virus family and cause respiratory infections. But with too few cases as yet, specific symptoms of the new bug have not been identified. However, the Health Department ...

  5. Mutating virus aids Sars attacks

    Posted Jan 31st 2004, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee The Sars coronavirus has been rapidly mutating into a form more efficient at attacking humans, a new study has found. The study also confirmed that the virus could jump from ... enables it to enter human cells. Dr Chiu said it showed that the Sars coronavirus was under great pressure to change in order to become an efficient human virus. Through the deletion of 29 units ...

  6. Outbreak of fear

    Posted Feb 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... effects. A nervous populace was also rattled by rumours that Hong Kong would be treated like a 'plague city' and its borders closed. When the new coronavirus identified as the cause ...

  7. Investment in science will pay off tomorrow

    Posted Aug 15th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... that on his internship, he would work on the Sars coronavirus to understand how it interacts with host cells. 'It is important because we do not know if Sars will come back. If it comes back ...

  8. Turbulent days from local rumour to international alert

    Posted Feb 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... numbers are leaving out infections in the community. 22 The University of Hong Kong announces that a coronavirus is responsible for Sars. A diagnostic test is developed. 23 Hospital Authority ... that the coronavirus has been found in civet 'cats', Hong Kong suspends imports of civet game meat. 28 The chief executive announces the setting up of an Expert Committee to review the management ...

  9. Bedding down lessons of treatment for Sars

    Posted Aug 15th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... In the early months of last year's Sars outbreak, so little was known about the cause, much less the cure. Treatment was undertaken on a trial-and-error basis, here and elsewhere. Given the novelty and surprisingly rapid spread of the disease, there ...

  10. Sars virus isolated in civet cat cages

    Posted Jan 17th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... animals, including rodents.' He added that more studies needed to be done. Dr Breiman said tests found the coronavirus in cages in a restaurant where one of the suspected patients ... of the illness in the one confirmed and two suspected mainland cases so far, more laboratory testing was needed to ensure they actually had the Sars coronavirus and not a variant that is co-reacting ...




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