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2005-09-22 18:15:00

LONDON -- Screening passengers at airports for SARS and influenza will probably not prevent the global spread of the illnesses, health experts said on Friday. If there is a major outbreak of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) or influenza, air travel is the most probable route of international infection. But researchers at Britain's Health Protection Agency (HPA) who assessed the benefit of screening if an epidemic occurred said it would not pick up enough cases to be worthwhile. In the...

2005-08-26 06:25:00

GUANGZHOU, China -- Bird flu now poses a bigger and more worrying threat to people than SARS, medical experts in southern China, the region where Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome first surfaced, said on Friday. The main reason, they said, was that humans had learned how to effectively control the spread of SARS, but had not done the same for bird flu, which can be spread by wild birds. Bird flu has killed 62 people in Asia since 2003 and forced the slaughter of millions of fowl. The World...

2005-08-23 06:43:27

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's far south is on high alert after one person was killed and three were infected by a pig-borne disease that has killed nearly 40 in the southwest, suggesting dangerous meat is being traded across the country. The latest victim of the disease, caused by the Streptococcus suis bacterium, had handled infected pork, Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday. The three infected patients, all butchers, also likely had contact with tainted meat. "The Shenzhen patient was...

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2005-07-26 22:51:25

BEIJING (Reuters) - The death toll in an outbreak of pig-borne disease in the southwest Chinese province of Sichuan has risen to 24, with another 117 thought be sick, state media reported on Wednesday. Victims were being treated with antibiotics, but with the death toll mounting doctors said that approach was unsatisfactory. "The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting drug sensitivity tests to find a more effective treatment," the newspaper quoted Health Ministry...

2005-07-24 22:19:29

BEIJING (Reuters) - Authorities in southwest China are investigating a mysterious disease that has killed 17 farm workers and left at least 12 critically ill after they handled sick or dead livestock, the official China Daily said Monday. Zeng Huajin, a senior official with the Sichuan provincial health department, dismissed speculation that the deaths were caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). SARS emerged in south China in 2002 and spread across 30 countries, infecting...

2004-11-28 18:00:09

New regulations that took effect on Saturday prohibit labs from experimenting on risky pathogenic microbes without approval. The Chinese cabinet issued the new rules after an incident in March in which two people were infected by the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus at a lab of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. China will grade its pathogenic microbe labs in four levels. The first and second grades are labs prohibited from conducting experiments on risky...

2004-11-28 09:00:10

State Council passes lab safety regulations to prevent new outbreaks BEIJING, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- A new set of regulations taking effect Saturday will prohibit Chinese lab directors from allowing experiments on risky pathogenic microbes without approval. The Chinese cabinet passed the 32-page and 72-item regulations in response to the incident in March when two people were infected by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus at a lab of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and...

2004-11-27 09:00:09

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) Beijing, 27 November: A new set of regulations taking effect Saturday [27 November] will prohibit Chinese lab directors from allowing experiments on risky pathogenic microbes without approval. The Chinese cabinet passed the 32-page and 72-item regulations in response to the incident in March when two people were infected by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus at a lab of the Chinese Centre...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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