Tuesday, April 01, 2003

SARS may be 2 heretofore unthreatening viruses working together [NSU]
Suspicions are growing that the culprit is an unassuming virus called a coronavirus. Many labs have found a version of it in most patients' lungs and blood; some sufferers also have antibodies that show they were infected.

But the coronavirus might have a partner in crime: a virus that was discovered last week. This pathogen, one of the paramyxoviruses that cause respiratory infections, has also turned up in some swabs. "It could well be that a combination is important," says virologist Albert Osterhaus of Erasmus University Hospital in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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