Sarah Kjrsten (sarahkjrsten) wrote in little_details,
Sarah Kjrsten

Naming diseases?

Setting: January, 2008

Search terms used: Name disease, disease naming, how to name a disease, pandemic naming, epidemic naming

Basically I need the name of a pandemic caused by a super-virus that emerges in Japan in January of 2008. It's a variant of viral pneumonia (similar to SARS), but I dont' want to use SARS. The name for a common bacterial pneumonia is Streptococcus pneumoniae, but I haven't found any resources on how new diseases are named. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Tags: ~medicine (misc), ~medicine: illnesses: infectious (misc), ~names

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