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2006-01-18 14:50:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- Hospitals may have to adapt military-style triage in case of a bird flu pandemic, and must get plans into place now for dealing with one, a Canadian expert said on Wednesday. Toronto hospitals that had to deal with the 2003 SARS outbreak learned the hard way that it pays to have plans and procedures in place before an emergency happens, said Dr. Laura Hawryluck, of the University of Toronto, and a member of the Critical Care...

2005-12-07 20:04:50

By Susan Fenton HONG KONG (Reuters) - The spread of bird flu in Asia does not appear to be putting off tourists but local officials are nervous, fearing a repeat of the SARS outbreak two years ago, which made parts of the region no-go areas. The H5N1 strain of avian flu has killed 69 people in Asia since late 2003 and several countries in the region regularly report more suspected cases in people and outbreaks in poultry. Thailand, which has reported 13 deaths from avian flu and...

2005-12-08 00:00:00

By Susan Fenton HONG KONG -- The spread of bird flu in Asia does not appear to be putting off tourists but local officials are nervous, fearing a repeat of the SARS outbreak two years ago, which made parts of the region no-go areas. The H5N1 strain of avian flu has killed 69 people in Asia since late 2003 and several countries in the region regularly report more suspected cases in people and outbreaks in poultry. Thailand, which has reported 13 deaths from avian flu and where tourism accounts...

2005-11-28 11:28:10

By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG (Reuters) - Joey Lee began suffering severe mood swings, depression and would sob every day for no apparent reason soon after she survived a SARS infection while working as a nurse in a public hospital in Hong Kong in 2003. Lee and her 8-year-old son, who was not infected, have been seeing a psychologist since. "He would cry all the time and at night, he is terrified that my husband and I will die," she said. Lee and her friends who are coping with the after...

2005-11-22 19:17:08

By Paul Simao ATLANTA (Reuters) - Citing a need to protect Americans from bird flu and other diseases, U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed regulatory changes requiring airlines and shipping firms to hand over passenger and crew lists on demand and expand how they report serious illnesses. The changes would apply to planes and ships arriving from outside the United States as well as some domestic flights, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which...

2005-10-20 12:15:10

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Technological and medical advances made over the last century are both helping and hindering the fight against a possible pandemic of bird flu, Canada's top public health expert said on Thursday. Health ministers from around 30 nations as well as the heads of the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization are due to meet in Ottawa next week to coordinate the fight against bird flu. So far 67 people have died of the disease, which some fear...

2005-10-05 16:45:30

By Matthew Chung TORONTO (Reuters) - Sixteen people have now died from a mystery viral outbreak at a Toronto nursing home and 38 are in hospital, health officials said on Wednesday, as testing continued to uncover the cause of the illness. The unidentified respiratory illness, which was first detected on September 25, has sparked memories of the SARS outbreak two years ago that killed 44 people in and around Canada's largest city. Health officials have confirmed the outbreak is not...

2005-10-04 17:17:21

By Matthew Chung TORONTO (Reuters) - Ten people have died from a mystery viral outbreak at a Toronto nursing home and another 40 are in hospital, public health officials said on Tuesday as they raced to contact anyone who visited the home recently. The outbreak, an unidentified respiratory virus, has sparked memories of the SARS outbreak two years ago that killed 44 people in Canada's largest city. But health officials said the latest outbreak, which was first detected on September...

2005-10-04 10:41:10

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A species of bats in China might have been the source of the SARS epidemic in 2003, a Chinese health expert said on Tuesday, adding that the creatures probably passed it to civet cats, which then passed it to humans. Researchers in Hong Kong and China said last month that the horseshoe bat - a delicacy in southern Chinese cuisine and whose feces are used in traditional Chinese medicine - was a natural host of SARS-like viruses, meaning it could carry the bugs...

2005-09-30 04:10:00

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Stung by the SARS outbreak two years ago, some of Taiwan's top technology firms are beginning to take precautions against bird flu in case the virus evolves into an even deadlier form and threatens operations. Taking a page from the measures adopted against the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, electronics firms said an outbreak of the H5N1 avian flu in China could have serious consequences on their factories there. Taiwan's top mobile phone maker, BenQ...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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