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Ill Wind Blowing

It creeps up unannounced and chokes its victim to death. Are we prepared to battle this killer virus? Updates

Ill Wind Blowing
Ill Wind Blowing
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To be prepared, and not to panic, is the prescription. Till surer remedy is found for the new, lethal pneumonia that has 18 countries, 13 of them in our neighbourhood, in its vicious grip. Because till a cure is discovered for SARS or the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome—a highly infectious viral infection that has already claimed more than 75 lives and infected over 2,200 people worldwide—only preparedness can be the best armoury in a battle against a mystery virus that's triggered panic all over the world. So, is India, with her huge population and a creaky public health infrastructure, prepared to combat a deadly disease like SARS?

"There is no cause for alarm, we are entirely geared to deal with SARS," Union health minister Sushma Swaraj assured Outlook. "Mechanisms to check, monitor and keep track of probable carriers of the virus who might be coming in from affected countries are in place, so also is the preparedness to isolate and treat SARS patients if required." The ministry of home affairs, state governments, airport and seaport authorities, government...
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