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Sars Coronavirus

Death toll from Sars-like virus rises to 30

There have now been 39 confirmed cases of Mers coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, 25 of them fatal. Photo: Reuters

The global death toll from a Sars-like virus has risen to 30, the World Health Organisation said on Friday after three people died of the illness in Saudi Arabia, which is bearing the brunt of the outbreak.

Friday, 31 May, 2013, 8:41pm

French man dies of Sars-related respiratory virus

 World Health Organisation Director-General Margaret Chan. Photo: AFP

A French patient infected with a deadly new respiratory virus related to Sars died on Tuesday of the disease, which has killed half the people known to be infected and alarmed global health officials.

29 May 2013 - 12:57am

WHO says patents are obstructing moves to fight Sars-like virus

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan attends a meeting on the Sars-like virus coronavirus in Geneva. Photo: AFP

International efforts to combat a new Sars-like virus that has killed 22 people are being slowed by the fact that a Dutch laboratory has patented copies of the pathogen in its search for potentially profitable rights to disease samples, the head of the World Health Organisation has warned.

25 May 2013 - 4:20am

France fears more cases of deadly Sars-like virus

Douai hospital, northern France. Photo: Reuters

French health authorities said on Thursday they feared the country’s first case of a new Sars-like virus that has killed 18 people, mostly in Saudi Arabia, may have infected two other people.

11 May 2013 - 4:05am

France reports first case of deadly Sars-like virus

France’s health ministry on Wednesday reported the country’s first case of a Sars-like virus that has killed 18 people so far, mostly in Saudi Arabia.

An unidentified person who came back to France from a trip to the United Arab Emirates was diagnosed with the deadly novel coronavirus, the ministry said.

“This is the first and only confirmed case in France to date,” it added.

8 May 2013 - 6:17pm

Five more deaths from Sars-like virus in Saudi Arabia

A nurse walks outside the Al-Mamlaka hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Photo: AFP

Five Saudis have died of a new Sars-like virus during the past few days and two more are being treated in an intensive care unit, the Saudi Health Ministry said. All seven of the cases occurred in al-Ahsa area of the kingdom's oil-rich Eastern Province, according to a ministry statement cited last on Wednesday by the Saudi Press Agency.

3 May 2013 - 1:59am

Alertness towards infectious diseases drops

Ten years after the first Sars patient died at the start of what turned out to be a major epidemic outbreak, Hongkongers’ alertness towards infectious diseases like Sars and personal hygiene has dropped, a survey finds.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:41pm

HK to tighten visitor health surveillance

Mainland Chinese visitors from Shenzhen, advised by a Hong Kong immigration officer, line up at Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint before entering Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong will tighten surveillance of visitors’ body temperatures at border checkpoints, to guard against a deadly new virus, the health chief said on Tuesday.

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said little was known about the virus, except that patients’ symptoms included fever and lung complications.

25 Sep 2012 - 6:16pm 1 comment

Freedom beckons

Karl Taro Greenfeld still vividly recalls his worst day ever. On a return trip from Shenzhen, he went to top up his Octopus card at the Hung Hom train station. While doing that, someone stole his laptop computer, which contained 40,000 words of an expose that he was working on about severe acute respiratory syndrome.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Inside story on Sars outbreak revealed

Hong Kong health authorities tried to stop the World Health Organisation from issuing a travel advisory against the city at the height of the Sars outbreak in April 2003, a new book out this week says.

15 May 2006 - 12:00am

HKU opens national laboratories

Better cross-border co-operation on infectious disease outbreaks is expected thanks to the opening of mainland-authorised laboratories at the University of Hong Kong.

5 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Bedding down lessons of treatment for Sars

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 was precious little time or resources to devote to sharing information about different drug regimens.

15 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Sanitation eyesores

Sanitation eyesores

It is common knowledge that poor hygiene and sanitation were among the main reasons for the rapid spread of the Sars virus at Amoy Gardens.

31 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Sars alert system works but could still be better

When Sars first appeared in Guangdong last winter, official confirmation of the mystery disease was preceded by weeks of rumours and panic buying.

28 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Nurse with virus did not infect anyone

A Hong Kong nurse caught the Sars virus during the outbreak at Princess Margaret Hospital but did not fall sick or infect anyone, according to doctors writing in a US journal.

7 Oct 2003 - 12:00am