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article imageOp-Ed: Virus proliferation remains problematic worldwide

By Eliot Elwar     Oct 6, 2012 in Health
Today, virus proliferation remains problematic worldwide. While many viruses are largely under control, the constant battle against deadly viruses such as the Coronavirus, Norovirus, and Arbovirus continue to plague the globe.
From TANDD News: Britain's Health Protection Agency has published an early genetic sequence of the new respiratory virus related to SARS that shows it is most closely linked to bat viruses, and scientists say camels, sheep or goats might end up being implicated too. So far, officials have only identified two confirmed cases and say the virus isn't as infectious as SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed hundreds of people, mostly in Asia, in a 2003 global outbreak. Viruses reproduce as they infect animals and people, giving them more chances to evolve into a deadlier version.
From Everyday Health: A coronavirus and its viral particles have the typical crown shape. We know that it is associated with serious respiratory and kidney disease in two people, one of whom has died. And we know that its genetic sequence is similar to some other coronaviruses that are found in bats. Genetically, it is different from SARS. The disease it causes is different – SARS didn't have the kidney failure that has been seen in both victims. And – most important – so far there is no sign that it can be transmitted from person to person. And SARS, of course, was highly contagious.
From the Local Germany’s News in English: In Germany, a state task force and national officials was set up recently to investigate the cause of sick children increasing daily. The norovirus affected children were suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting, and some of them have had in-patient hospital treatment. The affected states include Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony and Thuringia. Berlin saw the most rapid increase in the number of cases, with some 2,200 children sick. Saxony registered 2,000 cases, and Brandenburg 1,500. The norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea, is highly contagious, and can be transmitted by contaminated food or water, infected people, or contaminated surfaces. The first lab results from the produce used by the food services company were expected Friday afternoon. Many schools in the region were closed as a precautionary measure.
From CBS News: There have been 3,545 cases of West Nile virus reported in the U.S. as of Sept. 25, according to the latest statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday. Of theses cases, 147 have proven fatal this year. The new numbers through last week are the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported since September 2003. West Nile virus cases continue to climb, CDC says What's making the 2012 West Nile virus outbreak the worst ever? CDC: "Dramatic" jump in West Nile virus cases as US faces one of largest outbreaks ever seen.
Today, the Coronavirus, Norovirus, and Arbovirus keep microbiologists employed as humanity wonders about what new threats exists within the near future. Britain's Health Protection Agency has genetically sequenced a dangerous new cousin of the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) called the Coronavirus. The tell-tale crown shape puts it in the category of coronaviruses, which affect the respiratory system like SARS. Unlike SARS, however, this coronavirus causes kidney failure. Unlike SARS, this coronavirus appears sluggish in its willingness to move along. It has been positively identified in two men without harm to the health workers surrounding them.
The Norovirus is a food-borne illness in Germany that has affected roughly 8,400 school children. It probably originated from a single food supplier. The virus causes gastroenteritis , the "stomach flu," along with the standard diarrhea and vomiting. Although many children became sick, the company is not accepting blame as the problem continues.
The U.S. Arbovirus or West Nile virus is still on a rampage, having killed 147 people as of Sept. 25, with a total of 3,545 cases reported to the CDC this year. The CDC suspects that roughly 500,000 to one million people were infected by the virus in 2012, but they experienced mild symptoms or were not diagnosed. While the West Nile virus is not always dangerous and some people infected can develop immunity against it, in some cases the virus invades the brain, spine, and nerves, causing brain swelling, short-term paralysis, or permanent paralysis.
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