26 Dec 2009

SARS survivors now face after-effects - report

9:12 am on 26 December 2009

A newspaper report in China says about 300 people who survived the SARS outbreak in 2003 are now suffering from serious after-effects.

The Beijing News says the most common complaints are depression, fibrosis of the lungs and hip problems due to bone thinning.

It says doctors believe aggressive hormone treatment to save their lives in the earlier health emergency may have led to the current symptoms.

Severe Acute Respiratory Disease spread rapidly from south China to other cities and countries in 2003, and killed nearly 800 people.