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New SARS-like virus claims first U.K. victim

February 20, 2013

LONDON — The global death toll for the new SARS-like virus has reached six after a U.K. man died on Tuesday in a Birmingham hospital, according to The Independent.

sars-like virus claims sixthThe patient was one of three members of the same family to catch and transmit the virus, apparently from human-to-human contact, the article stated.

According to the article, the responsible coronavirus is distantly related to the one that gave rise to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) a decade ago, which caused global panic and hundreds of deaths.

Health officials are stressing the fact that, so far, it looks like this strain of the virus lacks the 2003 SARS virus' ability to easily spread among populations; the only human-to-human contact has been seen among close family contacts, the article noted.

The victim is believed to have caught the virus from his father, who had recently travelled to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and remains severely ill in the hospital, the article added.

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