Deadly SARS-like virus spreading
Five deaths reported from new coronavirus
- Duration 4:32
- Date Feb 18, 2013
Five deaths reported from new coronavirus
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-- Well the doctor is in and a new health alert to tell you about with a deadly stars like a virus one just recently discovered in humans now spreading.
Twelve people have contracted this infection worldwide nearly half of the victims.
Died from it.
Doctor leave -- Joker is an adjunct assistant professor at the LSU Health Sciences Center.
This thing is related to stars but it's not stars is that correct.
Well it could yes it's a different type of stars.
Is really stands for a severe acute respiratory syndrome.
And a lot of times it's this corona virus and this is a different sort of strain.
In the corona virus family which by the way is the same family that causes the cold.
A rhino virus is the most common cold virus but this corona virus is the second most common cold virus.
So this is kind of a strain.
Is a new strain they call it novel if -- urologist.
And it's completely.
It's fatal if you're hold her and if you have.
Problem are ready.
If you're young and healthy most of these the star's corona viruses are not as serious.
But it's still just close contacts John it's not as ineffective as the common cold or perhaps.
Of the flow well rather goodness -- we'll talk about the prospects for spreading in a moment but for right now all it is thought to have originated somewhere in the Middle East because all of the early victims came from cutter Pakistan Saudi Arabia Afghanistan places like that.
Right and and every one who is dot net.
-- the the last person that got it actually had a close contact the traveled there.
But they somehow are in close contact with someone that's traveled there or they trap.
-- to the middle -- right.
Good the last two victims are are British.
But the thinking is that it it does spread you know from human to human basically by -- right through the air just like the flu were a lot of other viruses right.
Right but it's not as -- effective is that so it's only the close contacts of people that live in the same house.
May be sharing towels sharing bed -- that's why you shouldn't.
Do that and you should disinfect areas in the house.
So it's really just the closest contacts whereas you're not gonna see it's spreading so much and off the situation more enough homes sit.
You wage so -- is the symptoms you say are a lot like the common cold because it it's a virus that comes from the same family we have -- on screen high temperature headache flu like feeling.
Mild respiratory infection.
Yes it's a mild respiratory infection initially.
But then what happens especially in the elderly or someone with another medical problem diabetes liver problem -- respiratory problem.
Then it becomes an ammonia and when it becomes an ammonia it can be deadly can be life threatening you sometimes need to be put on a respirator.
When it becomes a bad pneumonia.
-- I'll let you -- play the doctor here but you you know I I wonder about the spread of this thing just because.
They've only identified -- five months ago you say it's not all that infectious but.
In this age of jet planes and manned round the world travel how we know that there are all sorts of people out there.
Carrying this thing on many comments -- and and we might see another SARS outbreak SARS killed 800 people around the world.
Yes and you have a good point I mean that's how we first detected SARS because it was spread through but even in a plane.
You know -- have the potential could -- re circulating the air.
But most of the officials said that they would have expected a much greater outbreak in the Middle East also.
If this was a more infective form of SARS then the other type of scars.
So at this point they're not seeing huge outbreaks even within the Middle East but like anything else prevention is the key.
This virus is hard to raise in a laboratory so that's why we -- don't have a lot of good drugs now -- there's not a vaccine at this point.
Even for regular star's corona virus.
And so the key is hand washing.
You know masks if somebody is infected in your house have them Wear a mask or -- are now taking care of them.
Dot -- no matter thanks very much.