Friday, September 28, 2007

Outbreak of the Coronavirus Causing SARS On Flight in Hong Kong

9 passengers aboard a Hong Kong flight to Beijing caught the virus, leaving them with SARS. They are believed to have contracted the virus from a man on the flight who caught it from a sick relative he had been visiting. Honk Kong is now concerned about the transmission of this virus on flights, where quarantines have not been as strong (for comparison, the article mentions the dispersal of face masks at train stations in Hong Kong to prevent transmission, but as far as I can tell, no similar procedure exists for air travel).

The article also mentions that on Monday, U.S. scientists had linked SARS to a new form of coronavirus, and that scientists in Hong Kong have isolated the virus and have developed a new test to identify it.


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