Scientists are trying to unveil a mystical virus – SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) which is categorized into the coronavirus category. SARS was discovered in the year 2002 and is mainly responsible for the occurrence of common cold.
Recently, this virus was again detected in a 49 years old man from Qatar. This man was transferred to United Kingdom for treatment on September 11. This man is in a critical condition and doctors have shown great concern about it. Another case was of a Saudi Arabian man, aged 60 years, who was treated in June but unfortunately died. However, World Health Organization has not yet confirmed any connection between these two cases. Researchers who have tested the samples of these two patients have found the same virus infected in them. Both of these two patients had the same symptoms, same respiratory problems and even a kidney failure. Doctors are after that and we will get to know some serious news soon.
This virus first came into the limelight when Dr. Ali Mohammed Zaki at the Virology Laboratory of Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia reported it. The sample was taken from the Saudi Arabian patient’s lungs. Doctor found a SARS virus along with the cold and flu viruses. According to WHO spokesperson, SARS is a new virus discovered by Dr. Zaki. Dr. Zaki took this sample to verify it from Dr. Ron Fouchier at Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, who is the leading coronavirus researcher. He succeeded in his findings. Even the researchers in UK also segregated the same symptoms in the Qatarist. Fouchier found the same kind of virus in both the patients. It was almost 99.5% identical virus in both the patients.
“There is reason to be interested and even concerned” about this new coronavirus, says Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
According to the researchers, this is not certain that this virus is transmissible or not. As far as the facts go by, this virus does not get transmitted from one person to another. The consequence of this virus is also uncertain. This virus can also cause mild disease. Even the frequency of this virus is not yet been disclosed. Whether it has occurred to just two person or more is not known.
There are some questions of whose answers concern the medical community. Especially, the source of this virus creates a great buzz. Back in 2002, this virus was detected from a ferret like animal but that too was not confirmed. Scientists are on it and they will soon reveal it.