Deadly SARS-Like Virus Spreads to Another Country
As WHO warns virus is 'threat to the entire world'
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2013 4:29 PM CDT
An electron microscope image of a coronavirus, part of a family of viruses that cause ailments including the common cold and SARS, which was first identified last year in the Middle East.   (AP Photo/Health Protection Agency, File)

(Newser) – MERS-CoV, the potentially deadly virus that spread from the Middle East to France last month, is now creeping further, with three cases reported in Italy this weekend. The patients, a 42-year-old woman, 45-year-old man, and 2-year-old girl, are said to be in stable condition. The man recently traveled to Jordan, and is reported to be a close contact of the two female patients, CNN reports. Of the 52 people known to be infected with the virus since September 2012, 30 have died.

The virus is "a threat to the entire world," WHO General Director Margaret Chan told the World Health Assembly this week, reports CNN. "We understand too little about this virus when viewed against the magnitude of its potential threat," said Chan. "We do not know where the virus hides in nature. We do not know how people are getting infected. Until we answer these questions, we are empty-handed when it comes to prevention. These are alarm bells. And we must respond."

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Estrus
Jun 8, 2013 8:05 PM CDT
as I was saying how can you believe in something that is not correct.....chalks up a difference to a 'technicality is the same as saying the measurments dont agree...to me that is inaccurate and people like you believe in it.. here is a site for you to go to, they take both sides.. of course you might not go to it and keep your opinion..there is other links to articles.... .http://www.science20.com/science_20/global_warming_slowed_down_while_co2_emissions_rose_whats_rumpus-109558
GaryUSA
Jun 3, 2013 12:09 PM CDT
Better stock up on lots of groceries.
DARE2KNOW
Jun 2, 2013 10:06 PM CDT
Jerrymac you have a good point . Coronavirus disease was probably developed by mad scientists with blood from bats mixed with blood from other dead animals . This virus causes diarrhea, nausea and chest congestion . It goes to the brain and cuts off the oxygen from the brain and that's what causes death . The disease is already in the atmosphere , that's how it's spreading . Unfortunately because of highly increased international travel and tourism it will probably spread worldwide . Hopefully the CDC will move quickly and efficiently to stop this alarming global threat to humanity .