New Killer Pneumonia

  1. iawhodc

    Sorry, It won't open.

    Anyway, its a story of a new pneumonia. They are not sure if its a virus or bacteria. I believe it started in Singapore, and a few people in Canada have died from it. If someone could get the link to post that would be a good thing!
    Last edit by baseline on Mar 15, '03
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  3. by   Sleepyeyes
    Could you copy the article, please, baseline? The link's not working.
  4. by   baseline
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization warned on Saturday of a worldwide health threat as a mystery killer pneumonia spread from east Asia to other parts of the globe.

    Releasing a rare "emergency travel advisory," the United Nations health agency said an ill passenger had been taken to an isolation unit in Frankfurt, Germany, on Saturday after being removed from a plane en route from New York to Singapore.

    Some 155 other passengers who had been due to change planes or stay in Frankfurt were placed in quarantine there, while the remaining 85 passengers and 20 crew on the Singapore Airlines flight continued their journey, German officials said.

    A spokesman for the Geneva-based WHO said there were reports two people had died in Canada, taking the death toll to nine worldwide since the first outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), an atypical pneumonia whose cause is not yet known, was detected in China in February.

    "This syndrome, SARS, is now a worldwide health threat," WHO director-general Gro Harlem Brundtland said in a statement.

    Among the dead is an American businessman taken ill in Hanoi after visiting Shanghai. He died on Thursday in Hong Kong where 47 cases have been reported.

    Some 40 people were being treated in Hanoi, where one nurse died on Saturday, according to local health officials. Cases have also been reported in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

    WHO spokesman Dick Thompson said the passenger taken from the plane in Frankfurt was a Singapore doctor who had visited New York after treating some of the first suspected SARS patients in Singapore.

    "If the suspicion (of pneumonia) is confirmed, the transit passengers will have to remain under observation in quarantine for seven days in order to diagnose any possible infection and prevent the disease spreading," the Social Affairs Ministry in the state of Hesse, which includes Frankfurt, said in a statement.


    WHO issued its first global alert for 10 years earlier this week because of the speed at which the disease travels and because patients are not responding to the usual treatments for pneumonia, Thompson said.

    "As reports of cases are confirmed, you will see that there is a very high attack rate. When they get sick, they get very sick," he said.

    "We have been doing tests for weeks now in the world's best laboratories and we still do not know whether it is a virus or bacteria," the spokesman added.

    Most of the latest cases have been among hospital workers.

    The first outbreak was reported in February in China's southern Guangdong province, where 305 people were infected and five people died.

    Singapore and Taiwan have issued travel warnings after some cases followed trips to Hong Kong or mainland China.

    It was after a visit to Hong Kong, where anxious locals have been sweeping surgical masks off pharmacy shelves, that a Canadian woman died of severe pneumonia on March 5. Her son, who did not travel with her, also fell sick and died.

    In its alert, WHO said travelers and airline crews needed to be aware of the first symptoms, which include high temperature and difficulty in breathing.

    It was also likely that anybody taken ill would have been in contact with a person diagnosed with the disease or who had traveled to an area where cases had been reported, the alert said.

    But WHO said it was not calling for restrictions in travel to any area. (--Additional reporting by Michael Steen in Frankfurt)
  5. by   P_RN

    Try this one. If not it's from the Washington Post.
  6. by   baseline
    Thank you P_ RN. An even better article. They have been warning about a pandemic of flu for a few years now. Scarey.
  7. by   Sleepyeyes
    Thanks, baseline and P_RN.

    Living in FL, with a very large geriatric population as well as an economy that is dependent on tourists from all over the world, this subject is very relevant to me.
  8. by   RNonsense
    "Most of the latest cases have been among hospital workers"

    ...don't like THAT one bit!
  9. by   hapeewendy
    I'm royally p'od at our health officer , barbara yaffee or whatever her name is, just saw her on the news, she is totally downplaying the seriousness of this, and i know making ppl all paranoid isnt the answer either but she's saying things like 'only ppl who had close contact with this family is at risk' and 'all of the victims are from one family' etc, well how do you know that one of the ppl wasnt sitting next to you on the subway and coughed in your face
    in my opinion they need to do more to explain the symptoms and provide the public health number for longer than 10 seconds on the screen!
    two of the patients that died from this, a mother and son, were treated and stayed at the hospital that I am doing my degree at now.. I'm not all paranoid but it does make you wonder, I mean MRSA, VRE and the new cases of TB are scary enough, now we have to do deal with this too ........ its not gonna be easy..
  10. by   RNonsense
    The rabies that was just on the news here was at my hospital. Everyone in contact has to have the shots. Nursing does not pay well enough to compensate for all this @$%@&@#....
  11. by   baseline
    It will be helpful when they figure out what it is....virus or bacteria. Not enough info for any comfort level.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Good lord this is scary.
  13. by   emily_mom
    And who's worried about the nukes? Damn, I don't like this AT ALL
  14. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by RNonsense
    The rabies that was just on the news here was at my hospital. Everyone in contact has to have the shots. Nursing does not pay well enough to compensate for all this @$%@&@#....
    huh? rabies? wha'd i miss?