posted on Apr, 23 2004 @ 04:50 AM
Almost a year after the disease spread through China and months since the last
case, China has reported two new cases of the SARS virus in Beijing and Anhui provinces and two more probable cases.
Five additional people are also showing early signs of the illness.
One woman in Anhui province has died of the disease, Chinese officials now report.
More than 200 people who have been in contact with the victims have been placed under observational medical quarantine.
Chinese hospitals are on alert and preparing wards to care for and quarantine any new cases that emerge.
are indicating the infection count may be over 100, with possible early
The Chinese government has made these new cases public in hopes of preventing another massive outbreak. The 2002/2003 epidemic was initially covered
up by the Chinese government, which may have contributed to the rapid spread of the disease.
A study released on Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine indicated that SARS spread last year in a Hong Kong apartment complex via
miniscule water droplets in the air. This further evidence suggests that close contact with a SARS-infected patient is not necessary for
The current chain of infection is believed to be a result of the virus escaping a research laboratory when a 26 year old medical student, the daughter
of the woman who died, returned from her studies there. She had fallen ill and left the lab to be cared for by her mother.
SARS was first identified in November 2002 in the Chinese province of Guanzhong and the virus quickly spread to more than 8,000 people in 31
countries. 774 people died.
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[Edited on 23-4-2004 by Banshee]