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Q&A: Conversation with a scientist about coronavirus Special

There is considerable misinformation about the novel coronavirus, its origins, and symptoms. In order to gain a scientific perspective, Digital Journal spoke with expert Dr. Sara Winokur.

Essential Science: Coronavirus Covid-19 spread ‘underestimated’

A new study estimates that the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19, in terms of person-to-person transmission, is greater than previous estimates from health authorities. This infers that stricter preventative measures are required.

Novel coronavirus is very similar to SARS-CoV

The novel coronavirus that has been making global headlines has several similarities to another viral pathogen that was making similar headlines a few years ago – SARS. Research shows the coronavirus receptors are similar to those of SARS-CoV.

Bats identified as the source of MERS

Seoul - MERS is currently causing renewed health concerns around the world, with cases up in South Korea and China. Scientists remained puzzled over how MEMR first came to infect people. A popular theory is via bats.

MERS-CoV found in the Philippines

A nurse returning to the Philippines country from Saudi Arabia has tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, according to the Filipino Department of Health.

Camels’ role in MERS virus now under question

A new research study suggests that transmission of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS) from camels to humans is poor.

New understanding into how MERS infects

A new study has shown how the deadly MERS virus enters human cells. This new insight provides information about the rate of infection. The results could also signal a new path for treatment.

Rate of MERS transmission is 'very low'

Bonn - MERS coronavirus has caused several disease outbreaks of severe pneumonia across the Middle East. Worried about the ease of transmission, a research group concluded that the rate of human transmission is low.

MERS transmission link between bats and humans revealed

The mechanism used by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus to transmit from bats to humans has been identified by researchers. The finding could be critical for preventing and controlling the spread of MERS and related viruses in humans.

Another MERS-camel link

Researchers in Saudi Arabia have detected, isolated, and sequenced Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from a camel that matched the virus derived from the animal’s owner.

Scientists find compound to fight virus behind SARS and MERS

Geneva - An international team of scientists say they have identified a compound that can fight coronaviruses, responsible for the SARS and MERS outbreaks, which currently have no cure. Coronaviruses affected the upper and lower respiratory tracts in humans.

Second MERS case in the U.S.

Atlanta - The U.S. CDC has announced the second confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection: a health-care worker who lived in Saudi Arabia and traveled through five international airports before arriving in Orlando earlier this month.

2 more in Saudi Arabia die of MERS, cousin to SARS, more fall ill

The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, has taken two more lives in Saudi Arabia. The country's health ministry also report 13 more known cases. MERS is related to the SARS, which appeared in about 37 countries a decade ago.

SARS virus linked to bats

Chinese horseshoe bats carry two newly-identified viruses that are closely related to the coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, in people.

Toronto SARS specialist Dr. Donald Low dies at age 68

Toronto - Dr. Donald Low, a Toronto microbiologist and infectious disease specialist who was the face of the SARS response in Canada, died today of a brain tumour.

Middle East respiratory syndrome is a hospital risk

A new report indicates that Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus poses a serious risk to hospitals because it is easily transmitted in health care settings.

WHO: Deadly MERS-CoV virus spreads to Italy

The WHO has confirmed new cases of the deadly virus MERS-CoV in Italy. The latest patients are a 2-year-old girl and a 42-year-old woman who have had close contact with a 45-year-old man who visited Jordan in May, developed symptoms and was hospitalized.

WHO: New SARS-like virus, 'a threat to the entire world'

While addressing the closing of the 66th session of the World Health Assembly, the D-G of the WHO, Dr. Chan, raised an alarm about the new virus, "Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus," or MERS-CoV, describing it as a "threat to the entire world."

Unknown respiratory infection hospitalizes 7 in Alabama, two dead

An unknown respiratory infectious pathogen has hospitalized seven people in southeast Alabama and killed two, sending health officials scrambling to identify the bug.

Authorities find three lethal viruses circulating simultaneously

In the backdrop of two emerging outbreaks of H7N9 bird flu and the SARS-like novel coronavirus, the H5N1 strain has re-emerged, ushering in a third viral threat to health authorities in several countries.

New SARS-like coronavirus may be spreading in France

French health officials reported the need to test for additional cases of the SARS-like coronavirus that appears to have emerged from the Middle East, as the novel virus continues to demonstrate its ability to spread among human populations.

New SARS-like virus may have a 'weak spot'

A new virus that causes severe breathing distress and kidney failure, which was reported in 2012, has been analyzed further with a view to finding its ‘weak spot’.

After sixth patient dies, analysis of new coronavirus emerge

The new 'novel coronavirus,' NCoV, has claimed another life - bringing the death toll to six globally from a total known infection universe of 12 and setting in motion a greater analysis of the threat this SARS-like virus could pose.

Fourth victim of SARS-like 'novel coronavirus' reported in UK

While reported cases of the new 'novel coronavirus,' NCoV, appeared to be on the rise, health officials in the UK and in the UAE maintained the SARS-like virus is not a threat.

New SARS-like coronavirus found in second UK patient

Manchester - UK health officials said Monday that a new virus from the same family as SARS that sparked a global alert last September has been found in another patient in Britain. Heath officials say it is the second case of the new respiratory illness in the UK.

Op-Ed: Virus proliferation remains problematic worldwide

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.

WHO on SARS-like virus: 'We've got things in place...'

The World Health Organization is prepared to tackle a new challenge thrown up after a new virus related to the deadly SARS had infected a 49-year-old Qatari from a recent trip to Saudi Arabia where another man with an almost identical virus had died.

Latest on the new 'Sars-like' virus

Two people have become infected with a new type of respiratory illness similar to the Sars virus. More information has been revealed about the infectious agent and it does not appear as dangerous as first thought.

WHO on high alert after SARS-like illness claims first victim

One man is dead and another is in critical condition with a new coronavirus, similar to SARS. The victims are believed to have contracted the respiratory virus in the Middle East.

SARS-like virus confirmed by UK doctors

London - Health experts in the UK are working to identify a new SARS-like virus that has put one man in the intensive care unit of a London hospital.
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File photo: Deborah Cannon of the Special Pathogens Branch as she processes SARS specimens.
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