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Does anyone believe that SARS virus has several strains that evolve?

Bob xyzbbruner at uclink4.berkeley.edu
Thu Apr 17 20:38:23 EST 2003

On Thu, 17 Apr 2003 10:21:50 -0400, "Great Weather"
<howcomethisdoesnotwork at yahoo.com> wrote:

>Some people think that since many young and healthy patience die as a result
>of the SARS virus that maybe there are more virulent or lethal strains of
>this virus, and that maybe its also evolving, or can evolve?

Of course, anything can evolve.

But it is too early to know anything. The first viral genome sequence
was reported earlier this week. I'm sure more info will be

That healthy people die is not of any great significance; that was
also true for the 1918 flu, which actually preferentially killed
"healthy" people. But there do seem to be some people who are "better"
at spreading the disease than others, and one possibility is that
those people have a more virulent strain.



>Is there any evidence or ideas out there that would indicate otherwise?
>There doesn't seem to be too much evidence right now that healthier people
>in general have better chances to live once infected.
>Reading some accounts of the suffering of some patient, this look
>potentially really ugly with sickless lasting upto 1 month.

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