SARS-like virus threat to world?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
SARS-like virus threat to world?
Fri, 05-31-2013 - 8:07am

According to, a new SARS-like virus may be a thread to the entire world. "A new SARS-like virus recently found in humans is "a threat to the entire world," according to the director-general of the United Nations' World Health Organization.

The so-called novel coronavirus "is not a problem that any single affected country can keep to itself or manage all by itself," Margaret Chan said Monday in her closing remarks at the 66th World Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

The world needs to pull together its resources to properly tackle the virus which, Chan said, is her "greatest concern" at present.

"We understand too little about this virus when viewed against the magnitude of its potential threat," she said, and more information is needed "quickly" and "urgently." read more

Are you concerned?


iVillage Member
Registered: 05-09-2010
Mon, 06-03-2013 - 1:30pm

I am now after seeing it reported that it is starting to spread to other countries and they have no idea how it is happening. Scary stuff!

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-06-2012
Tue, 06-04-2013 - 3:29pm
That is pretty scary, I hope that they put measures in place to stop infected people from traveling to other countries to limit the spread of the disease.
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-25-2008
Wed, 06-05-2013 - 8:58am

I try to be very careful not to get caught up in media hype anymore. They all seem to overdo risks to get a rise out of people. Just 50 something sick people in the entire world is not really something that bothers me. I'm sure there are many diseases/illnesses that affect far more people out there but just aren't news worthy because they can't be spun into a world threat.


Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 06-05-2013 - 3:06pm

I wasn't worried when it was here in Canada, even though two of my nieces were hospitalized for SARS - and I am not worried now. I think it's just a bunch of media hype.

Yes, people have died. According to WHO, 8,098 people worldwide became sick with SARS during this outbreak; of these, 774 died.

When you get to the level of the Spanish Flu of 1918, which affected 500 million people and killed 50 to 100 million people - then I will worry.