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In the wake of superspreaders

Watching as the mysterious illness called severe acute respiratory syndrome hopped around the world and exploded in new outbreaks, epidemiologists began to ask themselves an unsettling question: Is itcarried by #8220;superspreaders#8221;?


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The uncommon cold

When experts first heard of a respiratory disease spreading from person to person in Asia, there was fear that this could be the Big One that they had been dreading #8211; a re-run of the deadly 1918-1919 influenza epidemic that killed more than 20 million people around the world. Fortunately, this has proven unfounded, writes RAJEN M.


Keeping informed

Everything you wanted to know about SARS... well, almost everything.


Ministry probing if death is SARS related

The Health Ministry has classified as #8220;pending verification#8221; the death of a man from Cameron Highlands who died on Thursday after having breathing difficulties.


HK turns to herbal medicine

B>HONG KONG:/BDesperately searching for a sure-fire cure for SARS, Hong Kong's hospitals will allow the use of traditional Chinese medicine for the first time since World War II, the city's health authority said yesterday.


Indian govt denies hiding SARS cases

The Indian government denied yesterday opposition claims it was concealing cases of SARS and said it had sounded a #8220;red alert#8221; to prevent the disease from spreading among its billion-plus population.


New methods to extract specimens for test kit needed

The method to extract specimens for the first diagnostic kit of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) needs to be further standardised for more satisfactory results, said Health Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Dr Ismail Merican.


Impossible to get rid of SARS, says expert

B>HONG KONG:/BA leading US health expert warned yesterday that it may be impossible to eliminate the SARS virus, which has killed more than 270 people worldwide, and stressed the need for an accurate diagnostic test to contain the outbreak.


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