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SARS virus was created in weapons lab: Russian scientist

rediff.com News Desk | April 11, 2003 16:57 IST

The virus of atypical pneumonia, better known as SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, was created artificially, possibly as a bacteriological weapon, Sergei Kolesnikov, academician of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, told a press conference in the Siberian town of Irkutsk on Thursday, the Russian RIA Novosti news agency reported.

According to Kolesnikov, the virus of atypical pneumonia is a synthesis of the viruses of measles and infectious parotiditis or mumps, the natural compound of which is impossible. This can be done only in a laboratory, he said.

Kolesnikov added that in creating bacteriological weapons, a protective anti-viral vaccine is, as a rule, worked out at the same time, so a medicine for atypical pneumonia may soon appear.

He did not, however, rule out the possibility that the virus could have spread accidentally as a result of "an unsanctioned leakage" from a biological weapons laboratory.


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Sub: america only behind this

i think america is the only who is behind all this sars virus because america dont have ability to attack china so thats y america ...


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Sub: SARS Virus

I reallly believe that this virus was created and targeted for China, and the Asian countries surronding it, although i have no proof, my common ...


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Sub: Conspiracy Theory galore

It is virtually impossible for any government to control the spread of such an infectious disease. So I feel we can eliminate the possibility of ...


Posted by Kiran





Sub: SARS was born in weapons lab

This could be a result of chinese biowarfare research, because first reported victum of SRAS was chinese doctor itself.


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Sub: It's very likely it is developed by U.S

US doesnt like China and try to destory China's reputation.


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