Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/25/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Previously healthy man had traveled to Saudi Arabia

Medical authorities have confirmed that a 49-year-old man from Qatar, who previously traveled to Saudi Arabia, has been diagnosed with a SARS-like virus. The previously healthy man has since been hospitalized, and has been diagnosed with a coronavirus, which is in the same family as SARS.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS erupted in China in late 2002 and spread to a number of countries, infecting more than 8,000 people and killing about 775 before it disappeared in mid 2003.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS erupted in China in late 2002 and spread to a number of countries, infecting more than 8,000 people and killing about 775 before it disappeared in mid 2003.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/25/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: SARS, Qatar, U.K. coronaviruses, World Health Organization


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS erupted in China in late 2002 and spread to a number of countries, infecting more than 8,000 people and killing about 775 before it disappeared in mid 2003.

Authorities are now hunting for cases of a mysterious viral respiratory illness that killed at least another person in Saudi Arabia.

A statement by the World Health Organization says that on September 7, the man was admitted to an intensive care unit in Doha, Qatar. He was transferred to Great Britain on September 11 by air ambulance from Qatar.

He is being treated for acute respiratory syndrome and kidney failure.

The Health Protection Agency then compared the sequencing of the virus isolate from the Qatari national with that of a virus sequenced previously by the Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands.

"This latter isolate was obtained from lung tissue of a fatal case earlier this year in a 60-year-old Saudi national and this comparison indicated 99.5 percent identity, with one nucleotide mismatch over the regions compared," the WHO statement said.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that include everything from the common cold to SARS. 

"Given that this is a novel coronavirus, WHO is currently in the process of obtaining further information to determine the public health implications of these two confirmed cases," the statement said.

Saudi officials identified a third case of a person who died, but didn't give further details. The World Health Organization said it was a suspect case that can't be confirmed postmortem.

The U.K.'s Health Protection Agency said it was investigating the case of a person from the Middle East who died in the U.K.

"There is no evidence at present to suggest that it is caused by the same virus or linked to the other two cases," the HPA said, adding that it was "aware of a small number of other cases of serious respiratory illness in the Middle East in the past three months."

The cases come a month ahead of the Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia's health ministry played down the threat. "Such occasions are rare . and there is no cause for concern," the health ministry said.

With no indication yet whether the new virus is like SARS, which spread from person to person, officials are tracking this new virus closely.

"There is way too little information," WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said. "We don't know if the denominator is two cases or 20,000 cases. We don't know how it is transmitted."

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2015
Universal:
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Health

Brain reset: Scientists uncover unusual way to get rid of brain disorders Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

By implanting special cells that emit GABA into the brains of adult mice scientists found a way to cure certain brain disorders, like lazy eye. Initially an almost impossible endeavor, the experiment led a team of scientists to a way to reset the brain and basically ... continue reading


Health in the United States: Which cities are the healthiest? Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The American College of Sports Medicine has recently released their 2015 American Fitness Index, naming the top three fittest and the least fit cities in the entire United States. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) -  Among the thousands of cities surveyed ... continue reading


Nebraska orders STATE OF EMERGENCY over H5N2 avian flu virus Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A type of avian flu, and unfortunately the most lethal to hit the United States, has posed several concerns for farmers and scientists. So far, the H5N2 strain of the bird flu virus has already killed 15,000 turkeys in Minnesota alone. Now, over 33 million birds in 16 ... continue reading


Why a handshake just might save your life Watch

Image of Handshakes may be able to determine your risk for heart disease or other illnesses.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Are you worried about a heart attack or stroke? Well there may be an easy way to tell if you are at greater risk for either of these diseases, are near death or seriously ill, and you don't need anything more than a hand and a partner. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Are you afraid of needles? Scientist believes he found way to reduce injection pain Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A lot of people, the young and old alike, are really frightened of getting injections, even just the thought of it. The good news is that scientists have discovered a simple answer. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Spanish scientists believe that holding ... continue reading


Woman gives shocking birth to baby born with bladder outside of body Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Born with a rare congenital defect, Baby Lila underwent a unique surgery, shortly after she was born with her bladder outside the body. This defect was detected when the doctor couldn't find her bladder in a sonogram conducted during the 22-week prenatal appointment. ... continue reading


What do healthy people eat for breakfast? 11 healthy breakfast choices from dietitians and experts Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

What we eat in the mornings have an effect on our energy levels throughout the day. Here, registered dietitians, personal trainers, health editors and nutritionists, suggest healthy breakfasts for a healthy morning start, with some help from BuzzFeed. MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading


NOT-SO HAPPY PILLS: Half a million patients die every year from psychiatric drugs Watch

Image of Professor Peter Gotzsche, research director at Denmark's Nordic Cochrane Center says the use of most antidepressants and dementia drugs could be discontinued without harm.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Danish scientist has come forward to proclaim that mood enhancers, "happy pills" and other psychiatric drugs are frequently deadly - killing half a million people a year. Furthermore, he says that these medications are usually ineffective - not producing the ... continue reading


British man discovers shocking and disturbing item in phlegm he coughed out Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A man from Britain woke up to a very unlikely and disgusting surprise. After waking up, the man felt as though he had to let out a cough due to the "large phlegm ball" he was feeling inside. To his surprise, he found something completely more nauseating than mucus. ... continue reading


Good Morning America's Robin Roberts speaks on her near death medical experiences Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

After bravely beating breast cancer, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts developed a myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) that nearly claimed her life after a bone marrow transplant in 2012. She recalled her near death story and how she was saved by the pleas of a nurse ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 2:1-11
1 When Pentecost day came round, they had all met ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
1 Bless Yahweh, my soul, Yahweh, my God, how great ... Read More

Gospel, John 20:19-23
19 In the evening of that same day, the first day of ... Read More

Reading 2, First Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13
3 Because of that, I want to make it quite clear to ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 24th, 2015 Image

St. David I of Scotland
May 24: David, the youngest son of Scotlandís virtuous queen, (Saint) ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter