April 22, 2003
"It would be very alarming if people would be infected with both SARS and AIDS. ... It is a concern especially for southern China where you have both AIDS infection ongoing and SARS starting," Montagnier said.
The World Health Organization said on Monday the death toll from SARS in China had risen to 86, with 1,959 confirmed cases as of Sunday evening.
Montagnier endorsed isolating patients with SARS and placing suspect cases in quarantine early on to prevent the spread of the disease. "We are just beginning to learn how it is transmitted, the nature of virus ... it is very difficult to mount a policy of treatment and prevention," he said, adding that so far the only treatment for the potentially deadly pneumonia is to boost the natural resistance of the carrier. "My strong advice would be for people exposed to the virus to reinforce their immune system with antioxidants, immuno-stimulants," Montagnier said.
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