christopher heiser <christopher AT heiser DOT net>
Date Published: April 1st, 2003
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Disease Spreads

Don't believe reports that SARS is under control. Hong Kong is still struggling to conain this heretofore unknown heath crisis. A BBC report indicates that SARS is more contagious than Ebola. The report also claims that the disease is caused by the same strain of virus that includes the common cold.

I am not a hypocondriac, but I am nervous. It's clear that this disease has spread far beyond China and Hong Kong; it remains to be seen if it will truly become a pandemic. With mortality rates around 3%, it's not nearly as bad as the flu outbreaks of the 1920s, but this is a small comfort.

by Christopher Heiser on April 1 01:59
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