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A novel flu case in Hong Kong awakened the memories of SARS

Adelina Marini, May 1, 2009

For the first time the novel flu virus was detected in Asia, in Hong Kong, the online edition of the "New York Times" reported. The man who brought it was a Mexican who arrived in Hong Kong via Shanghai. For the people in the region the arrival of a man with an acute respiratory problem awakened the memories of the bird flu some years ago.

The bird flu, aka with its medical name Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was in most cases lethal. The virus was for the first time isolated in 2003 in Asia but it spread fast because it was assisted by the migratory birds.

In the meantime the number of the infected in the US is still rising, reports the newspaper. On Friday the number of the infected is 141 in 19 states.