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According to experts some strains or types of the corona virus are capable of causing less serious infections such as common colds. Some of the strains however are capable of causing MERS which can be serious and even fatal. Van Kerkhove explained that at present the United Nations has released guidelines to prevent spread of the infection and its control. She added that there are no present anti-virals that can cure this infection but the available drugs are being “re-purposed” to combat the infection and kill the viruses.
Richard Brow, the agency's representative in Thailand explained that there is the Chinese New year on the 25th of January and hundreds of millions of Chinese visit Thailand around this time of the year. He added that all visitors with fever and cough and those from Wuhan need to be examined by a healthcare worker before they visit Thailand. Since the 9th of January, all travellers from Wuhan have been screened for high body temperature at the Singapore airport say officials. Hong Kong health officials have also started similar health checks of Chinese visitors and have moved on to disinfect the flights and trains from China.
SARS or severe acute respiratory syndrome is a deadly respiratory tract infection that killed around 700 people in 2002 and 2003 during an outbreak that started in China. It had been a pandemic affecting people from 37 countries and 8098 individuals across the globe. SARS has a mortality rate of 9.6 percent. Since May 2004, there have been no reports of SARS infection in China, said the experts.
At present the Chinese experts have shared six genomic sequences from the new sample of the virus with the global agency. This may help identify the new viral strain if it spreads to other nations. The virus has not been named yet. A diagnostic test for the virus has been developed by Christian Drosten, a virologist at Charité University Hospital in Berlin, and other researchers. This test can help detect the pieces of three different genomic sequences in the new type of corona virus to identify it. Drosten explained, “We wanted to use SARS as a basis because every public health laboratory has SARS RNA as a positive control so they can get started immediately.” The researchers are working on animal models to detect antibodies against the virus and ways to combat it. Source:
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