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Human contact could spread SARS-like virus

February 14, 2013

LONDON — After the 11th reported patient, this time in the United Kingdom, to be diagnosed with a new "SARS-like" virus, health officials are trying to determine if the virus is being passed from person to person, according to ABC News.

sars-like virusThe virus first appeared when a Qatari man and woman from Saudi Arabia were found to be suffering from a new type of coronoavirus back in September, the article stated.

According to the article, in this newest case, health officials monitoring the situation expect that the virus is being spread through person-to-person contact; however, they still emphasize that the risk to the general public remains low.

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"If the novel coronavirus were more infectious, we would have expected to have seen a larger number of cases," said John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases department at the UK's Health Protection Agency, said in a statement.

The new viral outbreak is occurring 10 years after the SARS virus raced across the globe, infecting an estimated 8,000 individuals and causing nearly 800 deaths, the article noted.

Since the virus was first reported, five of the 11 known patients have died, with the majority needing intensive care, the article added.

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