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SARS & Other Diseases With West Nile and Coming Flu Seasons?

posted by Maleekie Ambularie @ 9:26 AM
September 21, 2012

    Scientists suspect that SARS and other serious diseases may be additional strands behind West Nile Virus, and could accompany illnesses in the coming Fall and Winter Flu seasons.  They also suspect that flu makes its victims susceptible to other more serious diseases, like Parkinson’s Disease & Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

Stephen Deal, writing for the Metro Desk at, says: “Crisis: winter flu outbreak could hide the return of SARS.  A major flu outbreak could disguise a resurgence of the deadly SARS virus, . . .”  Deal says that schools, businesses, and even hospitals, have closed trying to cope with widespread flu.

John Oxford of the Royal London Hospital says: “We’ve had next to no flu for the last three years and I don’t think we are going to escape this year.  My main worry is that SARS might creep in unnoticed . . .and be mistaken for flu. The symptoms can appear similar and SARS might be interpreted as bad flu.”

Deal draws information from the U.S. Center for Disease Control which sent warning to England that Influenza A is coming to the U.S. and Europe.  Already this year in England flu cases have been mistaken for SARS.

Oxford’s worries that if 15% of Britons are infected, 30,000 would need hospitalization.  He says such a run of flu patients would be a public health crisis.

Another worry is that flu victims not showing symptoms can pass the virus to others.  In “Influenza Is Transmissible Before Onset of Symptoms,” Christian Nordqvist insists that easy transmission makes difficult to prevent epidemics.

Scientists even told Nordqvist that flu transmission does not depend on people sneezing, that “normal breathing can expel droplets of the virus into the air,” making the spread of flu “very difficult to control.”

Nordqvist mentions temperature screens at airports.  Dr. Catharine Paddock says in “Study Examines Role Of Airports  In Spreading Disease,” airports aid in the spread of diseases around the world:  “In 2003, the SARS outbreak took merely a few weeks to spread . . . to 37 countries, killing nearly 1,000 people. In 2009, the H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic killed nearly 300,000 people worldwide.”

Paddock adds:  “Of the 40 US airports the model examined in terms of influence on disease spread, it puts Kennedy Airport in first place, followed by airports in Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco, Newark, Chicago (O’Hare) and Washington (Dulles).”  She is hopeful that awareness of how SARS and swine flu spread around the world will help air travelers protect themselves and get flu shots.

If England’s health system could be shut down if 15% of its population were struck with ‘a flu epidemic, what would 15% of 350 million plus Americans do to the U.S. health system?  Thus, Christian messages demand that believers seek God’s mercy: “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; (Psalm 103: 2 – 3).”

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