Showing posts with label illness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label illness. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

SARS-like mystery illness emerges in Middle East

The World Health Organization in London had issued a global alert on Monday for a new SARS-like respiratory virus which left a man from Qatar critically ill in a London hospital and killed at least one more in Saudi Arabia.

The 49-year-old Qatari was admitted to an intensive care unit in Doha on September 7 suffering from acute respiratory infection and kidney failure before being transferred to Britain by air ambulance on September 11, the WHO said.

A Saudi Arabian national died earlier this year from a virtually identical virus, the WHO said, while Saudi medical authorities said they were investigating other possible cases of the disease.



The WHO confirmed the illness was in the coronavirus family but was not SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which swept out of China in 2003, killing more than 800 people worldwide.

“This is a new virus,” WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told AFP.

“We haven’t heard of any more new cases. We don’t have an appreciation of how widespread the virus is,” Hartl said. “This is one reason why we’re trying to get more information. We don’t know how it’s transmitted.”

The WHO said the Qatari first fell ill on September 3 after visiting Saudi Arabia.

Britain’s Health Protection Agency confirmed the presence of the new coronavirus and then found that it was a 99.5 percent match with a virus obtained from the lung tissue of a 60-year-old Saudi man who died earlier this year.

Coronaviruses are causes of the common cold but can also include more severe illnesses including SARS.

“Based on what we know about other coronaviruses, many of these contacts will already have passed the period when they could have caught the virus from the infected person,” it said.

John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases at the HPA, said: “Immediate steps have been taken to ensure that people who have been in contact with the UK case have not been infected, and there is no evidence to suggest they have.”

John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases at the HPA, said: “Immediate steps have been taken to ensure that people who have been in contact with the UK case have not been infected, and there is no evidence to suggest they have.”

Peter Openshaw, director of the Center for Respiratory Infection at Imperial College London, urged caution, saying any evidence of human-to-human transmission causing severe disease “would be very worrying”.

But fellow expert John Oxford, professor at the University of London, said he was “somewhat relaxed” because he believed the illness was more likely to behave “like a nasty infection rather than join the ‘exception’ group like SARS.”

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Doctor's Second Opinion

Story and Experience..

My teenage boy was complaining for abdominal pain, he goes in and out of the comfort room to urinate and take out his vowel to ease the pain. During his constant urination, he experience painful discharge that he experience difficulty in urinating. He complains pain on the right lower part of his abdomen, a sign of pain that was same with the point where appendicitis is located, no fever and vomiting, just that continues pain that occur continuously, the pain can't be resisted by the patient anymore and it doesn't subside so I decided to bring the boy to the nearest hospital and clinic for proper medication and treatment.
At the hospital they initiated two laboratory test, urinalysis and blood test, to find out whether the first speculation about appendicitis were true or not. The result of blood test stated that the count of white blood cell is above normal the rest is normal, this indicates infection. The result of urinalysis indicates that there is blood in the urine. The suspect for appendicitis becomes clearer, we decided to have the ultra sound, but