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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    New coronavirus appears deadlier than Sars, says HKU

    Posted Mar 28th 2013, 12:00am by Emily Tsang

    ... the government's preparedness for a possible outbreak of novel coronavirus. Additional reporting by McClatchy-Tribune   ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Mysterious coronavirus, though not less infectious, has a higher mortality rate and infects many species, Hong Kong researchers find New virus appears ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1201377/hk-researchers-find-mysterious-new-coronavirus-could-be-deadlier-sars
  2. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    'Sars-like virus could hit HK despite false alarm'

    Posted Oct 09th 2012, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... first suspected case being a false alarm, a microbiologist warned. Dr Ho Pak-leung, of the University of Hong Kong, spoke out after a four-year-old boy tested negative for novel coronavirus ... Jeddah on Wednesday with his father, who had a fever. The new coronavirus has killed a 60-year-old man in Saudi Arabia, and infected a 49-year-old Qatari man who survived. Medical centres around ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1056545/sars-virus-could-hit-hk-despite-false-alarm
  3. Lifestyle - Health - LAB REPORT

    Lab report

    Posted Jul 08th 2013, 10:04am by Jeanette Wang

    ... that the risk for a pandemic triggered by the Sars-like coronavirus is low – at least for now. The findings come amid concerns about a virus spread more deadly than that caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome. Researchers from Institut Pasteur in Paris  analysed data – 55 of the 64 laboratory-confirmed cases worldwide – on the novel Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1277788/lab-report
  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong labs will be able to diagnose Sars-like virus in two days

    Posted Sep 28th 2012, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... to include the novel coronavirus as a notifiable infectious disease will be gazetted today. The two cases so far involved a 60-year-old man in Saudi Arabia who died, and a 49-year-old Qatari man who ... sequence were released, health officials said yesterday, adding that they hoped to develop a quicker test. The new, unnamed coronavirus, part of the same group as severe acute respiratory syndrome ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1049027/hong-kong-labs-will-be-able-diagnose-sars-virus-two-days
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/627781/ignorance-was-always-biggest-enemy-scientists-raced-unravel-mystery-virus
  6. Flu breakthrough sows vital seeds for future

    Posted Jun 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... diseases. Largely thanks to their work, our city's bio-defences have been if not impregnable, at least highly effective. Their latest breakthrough comes with identifying a novel vulnerability ... of innovation and scientific excellence in this important medical field. For example, HKU scientists and doctors were the first in the world to identify the coronavirus as the causative agent of Sars. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/715970/flu-breakthrough-sows-vital-seeds-future
  7. 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, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/715793/hku-finds-new-drug-and-route-fight-flu
  8. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/671430/close-watch-needed-sars-related-virus-expert-warns
  9. Rivals call a truce on Sars research

    Posted Jun 16th 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Chinese University also announced that Sars was caused by a paramyxovirus, which was discounted when University of Hong Kong virologists revealed the culprit to be a novel coronavirus. Chinese ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/459647/rivals-call-truce-sars-research
  10. Agency still seeking link in five cases of pneumonia

    Posted Jan 04th 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... usually raises an alert as it might be caused by a new organism, as happened with the emergence of Sars in 2003. Sars was caused by a novel coronavirus which until then only caused the common ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/577375/agency-still-seeking-link-five-cases-pneumonia

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