"Tests indicate animal link for SARS"

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Registered: 03-19-2003
"Tests indicate animal link for SARS"
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Sat, 05-24-2003 - 9:29am
Kimberly, I thought you might be particularly interested in this.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33143-2003May23.html?nav=hptop_tb

Tests Indicate Animal Link for SARS

Mammals From China Market May Be Source of Human Infection

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 05-24-2003 - 11:47am
urghhh, the bottom line is - don't eat pets!

Catherina

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Sun, 05-25-2003 - 7:03pm
Yes, I have seen that, but thanks for posting it anyway:)

A distinct possibility.

Another, which would not preclude the animals from having evidence of the virus,(say, if they had also been exposed just as/when humans had) is that it might be an escaped bio agent developed by the Chinese government.

The province where it was initially identified IS the very one used by the Chinese for these purposes (and yes, they have a very active R&D program into such agents). This scenario would also explain why the governemnt there tried to cover-up the whole thing.

Now, they could be looking to misdirect the investigation towards another origin/pleased that it will be blamed on cross-species exposure.

Some researchers have been quoted as saying the fact that only 70 something percent of the virus' markers were identifiable points to the possibility of an engineered organism; a coronavirus altered/blended in a lab with other agents, known or unknown.

Implausible? Maybe.

Impossible? Not at all.

Kimberly

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Sun, 05-25-2003 - 10:14pm
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This Russian scientist seems to think it is

http://www.rusnet.nl/news/2003/04/11/Technologies01.shtml


Jan

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 05-28-2003 - 2:26pm
Jan,

>>>According to him, the virus of atypical pneumonia is a synthesis of two viruses (of measles and infectious parotiditis, or mumps), the natural compound of which is impossible. This can be done only in a laboratory, the academician is convinced. <<<

Yes, I recall this was an observation made by more than one researcher in the early days; that the virus seemed to be a mutated measles of some kind/contain measles components. This sort of faded out of favor with the "new coronavirus" declaration.

>>>He also said that in creating bacteriological weapons a protective anti-viral vaccine is, as a rule, worked out at the same time. Therefore, the scientist believes, a medicine for atypical pneumonia may soon appear. <<<

Be interesting to see if this happens. We all know how long it typically takes to develop a new vaccine; will this one appear quicker than usual? "Almost as if" it already existed?

Kimberly