BY JIM FLINK
ANCHOR  LOGAN TITTLE

Is it another viral attack similar to the SARS outbreak?
That’s the concern.  WABC-TV has more on the latest death.

“There are worries of a virus that is related to SARS is spreading in the Middle East. a patient from Qatar has been diagnosed with the new virus. and investigators are trying to figure out whether or not it spread to other people in that country …”

So far, the number of cases identified is small.
But the fact it is so highly contagious, and has been brewing for months, has scientists concerned.
Portland Maine’s WCSH has more on the contagion.

“Only six cases have been identified so far, but two of those patients died. symptoms of this virus are coughing, difficulty breathing and high fever. it is highly contagious. there's no cause for alarm right now but since it is so contagious, it's something worth mentioning. “

The corona-virus, as it’s called, has been on scientists’ radar for awhile.  
The UK's Health Protection Agency (HPA) published a full genetic sequence of the virus for other scientists to see.

The BBC notes, other scientists have linked the virus to a common animal.

“Studies show that the virus it is closely related to one found in some species of bats.”

Two deaths might seem hardly enough to issue a worldwide warning.
But the reported cases seem to have originated in Saudi Arabia.
CBC News notes, that’s significant, because it is home to Mecca, and the annual pilgrimage.

“...over three million Muslim pilgrims have recently returned to their home countries after attending this year's Hajj, which ended in late October … Saudi Arabia has reported a cluster of cases, with two men confirmed and two others under investigation. The four men shared a household in an undisclosed part of the country.”

The World Health Organization is now instructing doctors to test anyone who has pneumonia like symptoms and who has recently been in the Middle East for the potential virus.
 

WHO Issues Warning of SARS-Like Virus in Middle East

by Jim Flink
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Nov 25, 2012

WHO Issues Warning of SARS-Like Virus in Middle East

BY JIM FLINK
ANCHOR  LOGAN TITTLE

Is it another viral attack similar to the SARS outbreak?
That’s the concern.  WABC-TV has more on the latest death.

“There are worries of a virus that is related to SARS is spreading in the Middle East. a patient from Qatar has been diagnosed with the new virus. and investigators are trying to figure out whether or not it spread to other people in that country …”

So far, the number of cases identified is small.
But the fact it is so highly contagious, and has been brewing for months, has scientists concerned.
Portland Maine’s WCSH has more on the contagion.

“Only six cases have been identified so far, but two of those patients died. symptoms of this virus are coughing, difficulty breathing and high fever. it is highly contagious. there's no cause for alarm right now but since it is so contagious, it's something worth mentioning. “

The corona-virus, as it’s called, has been on scientists’ radar for awhile.  
The UK's Health Protection Agency (HPA) published a full genetic sequence of the virus for other scientists to see.

The BBC notes, other scientists have linked the virus to a common animal.

“Studies show that the virus it is closely related to one found in some species of bats.”

Two deaths might seem hardly enough to issue a worldwide warning.
But the reported cases seem to have originated in Saudi Arabia.
CBC News notes, that’s significant, because it is home to Mecca, and the annual pilgrimage.

“...over three million Muslim pilgrims have recently returned to their home countries after attending this year's Hajj, which ended in late October … Saudi Arabia has reported a cluster of cases, with two men confirmed and two others under investigation. The four men shared a household in an undisclosed part of the country.”

The World Health Organization is now instructing doctors to test anyone who has pneumonia like symptoms and who has recently been in the Middle East for the potential virus.
 

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