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Can Your Pet Get SARS?

I'm fascinated with public health, especially the correlations between infectious organisms that can potentially affect both people and pets. Therefore, I've been following a compelling news stream about human fatalities associated with a SARS-like virus. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, better know as SARS, should sound familiar to you due to the 2002 epidemic that emerged from China. It infected 8,000 people and killed over 800 (more then 10% of infected). SARS is caused by a coronavirus, but this time around the disease causing agent is rather unique. Multiple Reuters Health reports indicate this virus is considered to be a "novel coronavirus" (NCoV). Conjuring up images of the mo...

A virus discovered this year is a serious concern to animals and humans alike. According to Wired, a new SARS-like pathogen is not only affecting people, but pigs, bats and possibly more animals, as well. Researchers are using these findings to help track the source of the virus and see how wild animals play a role in its dispersal. The infection was first found in humans occurring this past summer in Saudi Arabia, when a man came down with severe pneumonia caused by an unknown microbe. After extensive testing, it was revealed the microbe was similar to SARS. So far, there have been nine known infections, including five deaths, as a result of this new virus. Epidemiologists are working...