A Qatari man struck down with a previously unknown virus related to the deadly SARS infection and the common cold is critically ill in hospital in Britain, the World Health Organisation said on Monday.

The U.N. health body put out a global alert on Sunday saying a new virus had infected the 49-year-old man who had recently travelled to Saudi Arabia – where another man with an almost identical virus had already died.



  1. Arkyn1 says:

    Oh good. If we’re REALLY lucky, it’ll kill maybe .01-.02% of the population, and everyone can start avoiding/killing all desert-dwelling brown people, on the basis that they are spreading the disease deliberately. And then the US will coin a new phrase, and rehash an old meme, “Bio-Terrorism”. No way to say it’s not so, because you can’t see airborne contaminants; no way to prove innocence (thus guilt is assured); and no way to protect anyone, so of course more draconian security measures (purely for theater and the suppression of the masses) will have to be implemented “for the safety of the American People and Democracy”. Long May It Wave!

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      what?

      • jpfitz says:

        Saudi Arabia is where patient number one resides. So, kill all brown peoples, they are bio-terrorists. I’m guessing his logic.

  2. Derek says:

    If it’s a variant of the swine flu, that would ironic considering Islam’s stance on pigs.

    • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

      They would blame the USA, as they did for the swine flu in the past.

      Another cause celebre documenting how foolish it is these immigrate into the country.

  3. ECA says:

    HOW,
    to test if someone is carrying a FLU/bug/…
    2 week holding period on ALL incoming flights..
    Who wants a FREE vacation??

    Ever since the invention/creation of international Flights. The spread of Virus/bugs has become WIDE..
    Infection time and onset of the BUG, tends to be enough to spread any contagion.

    And this isnt a FIRST. think of the OLD times and ships sailing around. STD, Fleas, RATS, and so forth spread from harbor to harbor. but the real contaminants, DIED on the ship(most times) as the Crew died..we are talking 2-4 weeks most times to many months on ships. And could be curtailed if you limited access to harbor towns..

  4. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    NATURE will not be denied, diverted, overcome. When human protoplasm becomes more common than the inconsequential amount of the total it has been through history, then viri will of course adopt to consume what they more often run into.

    Its incredibly revelatory how close human/non-viri life has co-evolved with viri. We still carry dna strands for the replication of proteins in us that are identical to the same function in viri.

    there are more bacterial cells in our bodies than human cells – – don’t know about viri. I’ll assume even more?

    Knowledge–an exquisite think in and for itself. No direct taxation required.

  5. Randy Flagg says:

    Captain Tripps? Paging Captain Tripps to the courtesy phone….

  6. orchidcup says:

    I have Kaspersky Antivirus protecting me.

  7. sargasso_c says:

    Maybe a bonus of a decade of air travel paranoia and heightened security is the ability to locate and isolate every single passenger on an airline flight taken in the western world.

  8. Admfubar says:

    Well this virus will be stopped dead in its tracks when the airlines charge you for it as a carry on….

    • Supreme Ultrahuman (I see the comment system is still designed for retards.) says:

      If it’s less than 3oz. you’re safe to transport.

  9. Dum-Dee-Dum-Dum says:

    I wonder which group(s) of religious fools is going to use this story as a basis to start their ethnic cleansing or start another round of star ship comet rendezvous pow wow’s. I can just see the argument that this new super bug is the catalyst that was prophesied in the end of days biblical predictions that were also somehow seen by the Mayans. After all, isn’t that supposed to happen this December? At a time when flu season usually hits it’s peak?!

    (Cue up the Dragnet music, please…)

  10. Jim S. says:

    This sounds like the plot line of many apocolyptic movies. *digs out zombie hunter kit*

  11. MartinJJ says:

    Soon all the TSA people will be wearing gasmasks. The alert is required for funding that operation. Just to make it all a littlebit more scary for the sheeple they grope or fry in their machines.

  12. Glenn E. says:

    If they can’t find a barnyard animal to blame it on. What are they going to call it. Camel flu?