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WHO urging vigilance over SARS-like virus

February 18, 2013

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries to be vigilant when it comes to the spread of the potentially fatal new SARS-like virus, according to France24.

world health organization logoThe total number of of cases globally has risen to 12 after a man in the United Kingdom tested positive for the virus, the article stated.

"Based on the current situation and available information, the WHO encourages all member states to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) infections and to carefully review any unusual patterns," said the United Nations health agency in a statement.

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According to the article, British health authorities have indicated that a third member of a family had been diagnosed with so-called novel coronavirus, but was not in danger.

"Although this new case offers further indications of person-to-person transmission, no sustained person-to-person transmission has been identified," said the WHO.

A SARS epidemic killed more than 800 people in 2003 when it swept out of China, sparking a major international health scare, the article noted.

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