Lubbock Health Board Prepares for SARS Outbreak - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/11/03

Lubbock Health Board Prepares for SARS Outbreak

So far, only one woman from Lubbock has contracted SARS while overseas. She was treated in Houston but is recovering here in Lubbock. Now the Lubbock Health Board is putting new plans in place to make sure everyone on the South Plains is safe from this mysterious disease.

"The board of health is concerned but the general feeling is in this country we have not had the serious type of infection that they've had in China," says John Selby, M.D. of the Lubbock Health Board.

SARS- Centers for Disease Control Page
Take a closer look at and learn more about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
More >>

Since February, more than 2800 (2890) reported cases of SARS have spread worldwide. About half of them in china and 166 in the U.S. With 5 of those cases in Texas. Including a Lubbock woman who is currently recovering from the disease.

"The role of the board of health is to keep in touch with these things and that if it's a severe thing then we're gonna have to make recommendations as to isolation quarantine and taking precautions by people exposed to it," says Selby.

Ken Condon, Disease Investigator for the Lubbock Health Department updates the board on the latest outbreaks. He says while they are on alert for the disease, the fear factor for an outbreak is low. "Our healthcare system is so much more advanced and our infection control policies and practices are more advanced and our infection control policies and practices are more advanced. I don't see having a big epidemic. It is a global pandemic we're seeing it everywhere but I don't see us having as large of a problem as other countries did with this."

But what the disease is exactly and how it should be treated remains unknown. Still the board is optimistic about finding a way to keep it from spreading should it arrive in Lubbock. "So far it's been a little evasive but we know what type of virus it is I think with that information we'll move along rapidly," says John Selby, M.D. of the Lubbock Health Board.

Health officials are learning more about the virus everyday. They think it is a virus similar to the common cold but with far more deadly results.

What are you hearing about the disease spreading here in the U.S. We're told so far it has not been contagious in the U.S. That means infected people here in the us have not spread it to others, and the only reports of people contracting the virus is from overseas.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Storms possible Wednesday, though severity low

    Storms possible Wednesday, though severity low

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:07 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:07:31 GMT
    Source: KCBD VideoSource: KCBD Video
    Source: KCBD VideoSource: KCBD Video

    Wednesday will be partly cloudy with a slightly breezy, humid, and very warm afternoon. There is also a chance of evening thunderstorms with a low severe weather threat.

    Wednesday will be partly cloudy with a slightly breezy, humid, and very warm afternoon. There is also a chance of evening thunderstorms with a low severe weather threat.

  • Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:03 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:03:23 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:07 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:07:02 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortal...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortal...

    Author of more than 25 books,  Philip Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for "American Pastoral."

    Author of more than 25 books,  Philip Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for "American Pastoral."

  • Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

    Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:43:22 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:06 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:06:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - This March 6, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. Several Democrats facing tough re-elections this fall are joining solid Republican backing of an effort to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-F...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - This March 6, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. Several Democrats facing tough re-elections this fall are joining solid Republican backing of an effort to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-F...

    Trump is one step from checking off another campaign promise, an overhaul of the landmark Dodd-Frank bill that grew out of the 2008 financial collapse.

    Trump is one step from checking off another campaign promise, an overhaul of the landmark Dodd-Frank bill that grew out of the 2008 financial collapse.

Powered by Frankly