Doctor Who ID'd Mystery Illness Dies


    GENEVA - The World Health Organization (news - web sites) doctor who first identified the outbreak of a global mystery illness died of the disease Saturday.

    Italian Dr. Carlo Urbani, 46, a WHO expert on communicable diseases, died in Thailand, where he was being treated after becoming infected while working in Vietnam, the U.N. agency said.
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  3. by   oramar
    Looks more and more as if people working at the bedside are every bit as much heros as the soldiers in the front lines.
  4. by   Jay-Jay
    (squirms uncomfortably) GULP! I was in York Central Hospital a few days after they moved that SARS patient there, AND most of our patients come from either York Central or Markham Stouffville, both of which have been closed.

    Scary stuff, real scary.... I'm glad the Ontario government is taking such drastic action to contain it. I just hope it's not too late.
  5. by   hapeewendy
    oh man ....... I'm trying desperately not to let this get to me but everyday the news gets worse and worse......

    I agree that the government is doing a good thing but honestly , they have warned ppl travelling that they will have to answer health related questions and they may not be able to travel if they have been sick , so who is going to be honest about that I wonder?? Sadly I dont think too many ppl will fess up that they have been sick if it interferes with their own plans.....
  6. by   psychonurse
    We all have to be very careful and make sure that the hospitals protect us when we are taking care of people that are suspected of having a respiratory infection. This new disease is very scary indeed.
  7. by   nessa1982
    Yowsers! As a student this scares me because at our clinical assignment the hospital seems more worried about patient confidentiality (HIPPA year) than about warning healthcare workers about respiratory infections (thier was a patient w/ MRSA of the sputum w/ no warnings on the door) Oh dear oh dear
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  9. by   oramar
    Thank you sixes for all those links. Thanks to everyone who has recognized the scope of the disease and is trying to contain it. Especially thanks to the Canadians, seems Canada is first goverment to identify and react strongly enough. Seems like large scale denial in other countries has added to the spread.
  10. by   FullMoonMadness
    Has any of you read Steven Kings book The Stand? This is very scary stuff here.
  11. by   jayna
    Hes a former colleague and will be missed by the all of us who know him .

    Hats off to you all in Vietnam WHO office.