Deadly New Sars-like Coronavirus Identified
Published reports say a deadly new Sars-like coronavirus has been identified originating from the Middle East. The Sars virus spread across the globe in 2003 resulting in the deaths of hundreds of people. This new virus was first seen in a patient in Saudi Arabia who has subsequently died.
At the time of publication, no travel advisories have been issued by the World Health Organization. Another case of this new virus is being treated in a 49 year old man who was flown for treatment from Qatar to the United Kingdom.
According to a story by the BBC, the severity of the illness is cause for significant concern and caution, though rapid spread of the infection does not appear a risk at the moment:
Prof John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases department at the UK’s Health Protection Agency, said: “In the light of the severity of the illness that has been identified in the two confirmed cases, immediate steps have been taken to ensure that people who have been in contact with the UK case have not been infected, and there is no evidence to suggest that they have.
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