Man isolated for SARS in Singapore


SINGAPORE: Singapore became the first country to report a possible return of SARS yesterday, saying tests showed one man might have caught the deadly disease, hours after the World Health Organisation (WHO) had warned the virus might reappear. 

The Ministry of Health said initial tests appeared to indicate one man had tested positive for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome virus, in what it believed was an isolated case. 

“We are doing further tests tonight,” said a ministry spokesman. The man has been isolated at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital. 

SARS originated in southern China and was spread early this year to 30 countries by travellers. It infected nearly 8,500 people globally and more than 800 died, including 33 in Singapore. 

The WHO had declared the outbreak contained on July 5. 

The spokesman said the man, whom she described only as being ethnic Chinese, was picked up by surveillance at Singapore General Hospital. – Reuters  

For another perspective from The Straits Times, a partner of Asia News Network, click here.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Regional

Covid-19: 1,683 new cases, three deaths bring death toll to 1,169
Covid-19: Cases up by 1,683, bringing total to 313,460 (updated daily)
U.S. defence chief Austin likely to visit India soon-India government source
Over 300 undocumented migrants deported from Sabah following easing of immigration rules
Covid-19: Nigerian variant does not affect ability to detect, trace infected persons
Malaysia needs selfless leaders, says MCA sec-gen
Muhyiddin arrives in Jeddah to begin official visit to Saudi Arabia
5 special airports to discover around the world
U.S. scientists doubtful of one-shot regimen for Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines - WSJ
M’sian teen gets gold in Commonwealth essay competition

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers