scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 924
It was on a farm somewhere in southern China where the mystery pneumonia we know as SARS probably began Once in the cities the virus spread thanks to air travel is now a flaring epidemic in more than a dozen countries SARS which stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is the name of a potentially fatal new respiratory disease only recently recognized by scientists It is not the name of the microorganism that causes the disease - this is suspected to be a virus although exactly which one is still uncertain Dr Carlo Urbani an infectious disease specialist for the World Health Organization who directed public health programs in Cambodia Laos and Vietnam first identified the disease Based in Hanoi the 46-year-old Italian epidemiologist was called in after a visiting Chinese-American businessman Johnny Cheng became gravely ill and the disease mystified Vietnamese doctors Urbani visited the man at the French Hospital in Hanoi on 26 February 2003 and over the next week took many samples The disease looked like pneumonia - an acute disease marked by inflammation of the lungs and usually caused by bacteria viruses or occasionally by chemical irritants But the 48-year-old patient also had a high fever cough shortness of breath and other symptoms that suggested something else Despite intensive care Cheng eventually died - but not before he had infected 33 hospital staff and Urbani himself who finally succumbed to the respiratory disease a month later All of Vietnams 62 cases can be traced to the businessman who had arrived from Hong Kong only three days before being admitted to the hospital Soon other cases emerged in Hong Kong and World Health Organization WHO officials began to suspect the disease might be linked to sporadic reports from the Guangdong province of southern China in early February that hundreds of people were falling ill with a strange form of pneumonia It turned out they were right an outbreak had begun there in
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA