Sars case suspected in Singapore after initial tests
Tuesday 09 September 2003
Singapore health officials yesterday reported a possible return of the deadly Sars virus, just hours after a warning from the World Health Organisation that the pneumonia-like illness could re-emerge.
The Ministry of Health said the possible case was discovered during routine screening of an ethnic Chinese man at Singapore General Hospital, and officials said initial tests appeared to show the man had tested positive for the virus in what it believed was an isolated case. Further tests were being carried out last night. If confirmed it would be the first Sars case in five months.
The man has been isolated at the city state's Tan Tock Seng Hospital, which treated only Sars patients in the last outbreak earlier this year that spread to 30 and infected almost 8,500 people globally, causing more than 800 deaths including 33 in Singapore.
The head of the World Health Organisation yesterday warned health specialists at a meeting in the Phillipines capital of Manila of a possible resurgence of Sars and urged nations to boost surveillance.
"None of us can predict what will happen later this year," WHO's director-general, Lee Jong-wook, told a five-day meeting of a regional panel. "We have to prepare on the assumption that this will come back. Our challenge now is to enhance surveillance networks that will detect and deal with Sars if it does come back."
The WHO had declared the outbreak contained on 5 July and took Singapore off a list of Sars-affected regions on 31 May.
- 1 Michelle Rodriguez: Fast & Furious actor apologises after telling 'minorities' to stop taking on 'white' roles
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Robert Mugabe eats a zoo for 'obscene' 91st birthday party
- 5 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
£9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This role is based within a small family run ...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Design and marketing agenc...
£46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This property investment firm are lookin...
£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company specialises provid...