HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Did rats spread SARS in Amoy Gardens?

A hypothesis in this week's issue of THE LANCET proposes that roof rats could have been responsible for the spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Hong Kong's Amoy Gardens apartment block where over 300 people were infected with the SARS virus earlier this year.

Stephen Ng from Columbia University School of Public Health, New York, USA, questions how one person (the identified source of the outbreak) could have infected so many people from two visits to Amoy Gardens, an apartment block with no communal facilities. A common source of food or water contamination has not been identified. Airborne transmission is thought to have been unlikely by the WHO team sent to investigate the outbreak.

He suggests that the infection could have been passed from rat to man either by rats entering households and leaving infectious material in bathrooms and kitchens, or by contamination of clothing on clothes-lines. The first infected rats could also have spread the virus to other rats in block E and to other blocks, starting an epidemic among rats, and providing the common source for the epidemic in people.

Stephen Ng comments: "The rat vector hypothesis is a strong possibility that needs to be further explored. Epidemiological case-control studies could be undertaken to identify behavioural risk factors and possible mechanisms for rat-to-man infections. For example, if rat contamination occurs at night, people using kitchen and bathroom facilities early in the morning, when cooking breakfast, taking showers, and so on, will be at increased risk. Housewives will be affected more than husbands working away from home. Small children who crawl on the floor will also be at higher risk."


'"/>

Contact: Joe Santangelo
j.santangelo@elsevier.com
212-633-3810
Lancet
14-Aug-2003


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Protein that helps skin cancer spread identified by Stanford researchers
2. HIV-1 spread through six transmission lines in the UK
3. Contaminated needles not contributing to spread of HIV in Africa
4. Gene signature can predict breast cancer spread
5. Immediate access to antibiotics stems spread of sexually transmitted diseases
6. Stat5 protein inhibits spread of breast cancer cells
7. Youki spray curbs spread of superbug MRSA
8. New biopsy technique helps assess breast cancers spread
9. Female condoms overlooked in fight against spread of HIV/AIDS
10. Body shaving and turf burns spread infection in college football team
11. Mental incapacity among patients in medical wards more widespread than doctors realise

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/20/2017)... ... ... Recognising that in today’s busy world consumers are often ... in just three weeks. Setting the groundwork for a healthier lifestyle, Leany Greeny ... work and family schedules, participants can lose up to 15lbs during the program ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... September 20, 2017 , ... Houston, Texas, ... team took Friday, September 8, and Monday, September 11, off work and rolled up ... Baptist Church before heading to local homes to start the process of rebuilding. , ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... “The Financial Favor of God; Second Edition”: a ... Second Edition” is the creation of published author, Brooks Rathell. , “We typically hear ... to you about the financial favor of God. Not only does it exist, but ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... , ... Only a few physicians were selected to receive the prestigious 2016 ... MD, FACS . The founder and medical director of Clevens Face and Body ... Yale, Harvard and the University of Michigan. He has served patients throughout Central Florida ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... Peter Chandonait, Abt Associates Principal ... Initiative (PMI) Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) Project , has been named the ... to Action Award, a USAID Catalyst Award, recognizes USAID staff and implementing partners ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/5/2017)... N.J. , Sept. 5, 2017  Getinge, ... has created a vibrant charitable donation program -- ... and support congenital heart defect research by The ... providers and the general public are encouraged to ... and submit the completed artwork to the gallery ...
(Date:9/1/2017)... Michael Penna , President and CEO ... for growth in his response to the July 13, ... seeking a buyer for eMDs. Penna,s company, Complete HealthCare ... Value Added Reseller and national leader in the independent ... "As the healthcare market continues to dictate consolidation, healthcare ...
(Date:8/31/2017)... PM360,s annual Innovations Issue, published in ... innovations happening across the industry. Established six years ago, ... providing a comprehensive look at the newest and most ... innovative companies, startups, divisions, products, services, and strategies from ... "Everyone in this industry wants to do better—in all ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: