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Saudi death toll from new Sars-related virus reaches 18

Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry says a woman has died from a new respiratory virus related to Sars, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 18.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

World not ready for mass flu outbreak, says WHO

WHO deputy chief Keiji Fukuda. Photo: AFP

The world is unprepared for a massive virus outbreak, the deputy chief of the World Health Organisation warned on Tuesday, amid fears that H7N9 bird flu striking China could morph into a form that spreads easily among people.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

No new H7N9 cases in China for a week

WHO head Margaret Chan urged caution on Monday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. “Influenza viruses constantly reinvent themselves. No one can predict the future course of this outbreak," she said. Photo: AP

No new human cases of the H7N9 virus have been recorded in China for a week, national health authorities said, for the first time since the outbreak began in March.

One previously infected patient died in the week beginning between May 13, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a statement late on Monday, taking the total number of fatalities from the virus to 36.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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20 May 2013 - 1:52am

Death toll from new bird flu in China rises to 36

Two nurses walk in front of building A3 at an isolation hospital in southwest Shanghai. Photo: AFP

Four more people in China have died from a new strain of bird flu, bringing the death toll from the H7N9 virus to 36 from 131 confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.

18 May 2013 - 11:55am

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

Sars-like virus kills two more in Saudi Arabia

A view of Al-Mamlaka hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Seven Saudis have died of a new Sars-like virus in one week, the health ministry said. Photo: AFP

A new Sars-like virus has killed two more people in Saudi Arabia, taking the number of deaths from the coronavirus that the kingdom has announced to seven in one week, the health ministry said.

6 May 2013 - 11:41pm

Sars-like virus kills five Saudis

The novel coronavirus or hCoV-EMC was first detected last year and is a cousin of severe acute respiratory syndrome. Photo: AP

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 health ministry said.

In a statement cited by the Saudi SPA agency late on Wednesday, the ministry said that all the deaths occurred in the Ahsaa province in the oil-rich eastern region of the kingdom.

2 May 2013 - 2:43pm

China media urge eating poultry despite bird flu

Poultry is displayed at a market stall in Hefei, in central China's Anhui province. Photo: AFP

China’s poultry industry lost 10 billion yuan (US$1.6 billion) in the week after the H7N9 bird flu virus began infecting humans, state-run media said on Monday as they sought to discourage panic.

Altogether 60 people have been confirmed as infected and 13 have died in the two weeks since Chinese authorities said they found the strain in humans for the first time.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Faster test to detect H7N9 virus in Hong Kong chicken

A live chicken stall at the Kowloon City wet market. Photo: Edward Wong

All live chicken in Hong Kong – including those being raised locally or imported from the mainland on a daily basis – should undergo the test before being sold to consumers, the health minister said on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China bird flu not spreading between people, says WHO

Michael O’Leary, the WHO’s representative in China, holds a news conference in Beijing on Monday. Photo: AP

There is no proof that the H7N9 bird flu virus is being transmitted between people in China, the World Health Organisation said on Monday, despite several members of a family falling ill in Shanghai.

China announced just over a week ago that the virus had been found in humans for the first time, and the number of confirmed cases has since risen to 21, with six deaths.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Saudi death from Sars-like virus raises toll to 9

Novel coronavirus was first detected in the middle of last year. Photo: AP

A Sars-like virus that has struck in Britain and the Middle East has claimed a new victim in Saudi Arabia, bringing the global toll from the mystery illness to nine, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Sars-linked virus may have spread between people

A British Health Protection Agency image of a coronavirus, part of a family of viruses that cause Sars, first identified last year in the Middle East. Photo: AP

British officials say a mysterious virus related to Sars may have spread between humans, as they confirmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient who they say probably caught it from a family member.

13 Feb 2013 - 10:56pm

Briefs, January 29, 2013

Ben Affleck with his award for 'Argo' at the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: Reuters

Radio show that staged royal hoax scrapped

29 Jan 2013 - 7:05am