Pneumonia epidemic reaches Los Angeles

My grand aunt, a doctor living in Los Angeles, has just informed me that the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus has been diagnosed in her city!
I also received an SMS today, asking for prayers for a Pastor Simon Loh of the Faith Assembly of God who has contracted the deadly virus which has afflicted hundreds in South East Asia. I hope it isn’t a hoax. Then again, for his sake I hope it is.
[ Update 20/3/2003: I wrote in to Faith Assembly of God and they confirm that Pastor Simon Loh IS ill. He has been sedated to prevent him from struggling to breathe. They ask for continued prayers. ]
For more information, read the Ministry of Health press releases, Straits Times commentary, and visit the World Health Organisation website.
The Telegraph, The Times and the Guardian report news of the first British victim, a Manchesterian Mancunian [ thanks Kristen! ] who visited Hong Kong recently.


  1. Van Heng

    Read today’s papers and if I recall correctly, no victims in Singapore have died from SARS yet. Let’s hope none do. There’re 21 so far.

  2. vantan

    Yikes. People are using the word Manchesterian all over the place. Thanks. I learn something new each day.
    ps. That’s even funnier than ‘Liverpudlian’!! And it sounds like Manchurian. If you’re a football fan, how about Man-U-rian…

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