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Newly discovered corona virus is rife in eastern Saudi Arabia
The novel "corona virus" discovered a year ago has now claimed five lives in a few days in eastern Saudi Arabia, and according to the Ministry of Health there, two other people are ill who are currently being treated in the intensive care unit. According to the authorities in Riyadh, all conceivable precautionary measures would now be taken to be able to find other suspected victims - however, it is not yet clear how many people are affected.
Virus resembles respiratory disease SARS The so-called “Coronavirus hCoV-EMC” (Human Coronavirus-Erasmus Medical Center) is similar to the respiratory disease “SARS” (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) that was raging around the world ten years ago, although it can be assumed that partial infection from person to person is possible. However, unlike SARS, the coronavirus leads, among other things, to rapid kidney failure - since it was first found in Saudi Arabia in June 2012 in a 60-year-old man, 23 people have died so far. It was not until the end of March in Munich that a 73-year-old patient died from the virus, which had been flown in from Germany for treatment from Abu Dhabi. A patient from the Arab region was also admitted to the Essen University Hospital, although the doctors initially had no idea that the patient might have been infected with the novel coronavirus and therefore initially treated him for four weeks without special protective measures - but the therapy worked and that Patient survived.
Path of the virus into the human body has already been clarified How the pathogen gets into the human body - an international team has now been able to clarify this in laboratory tests: the virus does not use a receptor like the Sars pathogen, but instead the enzyme DPP4 (dipeptidyl peptidase 4) that is on the surface of many cells. Research is now hoping that this knowledge will drive the development of treatment measures.
WHO warns of risks from coronaviruses As Heilpraxisnet.de already reported, the World Health Organization (WHO) had only recently warned about the spread of the virus, because the SARS pandemic would have made clear about the epidemiological potential of coronaviruses around ten years ago In the only major outbreak of the infectious disease so far around 8,400 people worldwide were infected, 900 people died. Therefore, according to the WHO, attentive observation is generally important.Patients with unexplained pneumonia or complicated respiratory diseases, for whom medication has no effect, should be checked for the virus accordingly, since coronaviruses are the trigger for colds in most cases from the experts' point of view .
Society for Virology gives the all-clear
The Society for Virology, on the other hand, disagrees, having given the all-clear for the new corona virus only a few weeks ago. Accordingly, the virus would not pose an immediate threat to the general public and an epidemic like SARS was not to be feared because, since the virus primarily affects the deeper parts of the respiratory tract, close contact is necessary for infection - accordingly also the previously known transmissions from person to person only take place among close family members. In a study, Marburg virologists had also proven the good treatment options for the corona virus: Although the virus could effectively switch off the body's defense, the researchers found that the active ingredient interferon could be used effectively. (No)
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