Finding Origins of SARS Is Seen as a 'Long Job'
Wall Street Journal; A14
The World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the outbreak of a new pneumonia strain says it will probably be a long while before the origin of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is found. Several Asian nations are checking incoming air passengers for symptoms of the disease, and U.S. health officials have been authorized to forcibly quarantine those diagnosed with the disease. Over 2,660 people worldwide have been confirmed or suspected to be infected with SARS, and at least 95 have died. China has issued an apology for the lack of publicity on the initial outbreak, and Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi wants a national medical emergency system established--mainly to get information to the public. The WHO team has theorized that a co-infection could make SARS more virulent.