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Two more dead from SARS-like virus

March 28, 2013

LONDON — Two more victims of the mysterious SARS-like virus, one in Germany and one in Britain, have died, according to ABC News.

These two deaths have brought the number of casualties attributed to the virus up to 11, with the World Health Organization (WHO) confirming that six others have been infected, the article stated.

According to the article, health officials are concerned that the virus could make its way to the U.S. or Canada, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have alerted state and local health departments to “be on the lookout for suspicious illnesses in people who have recently traveled to the Middle East.”

"We're on the alert looking for this, and I think that's why these cases are now being discovered," said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

"People with puzzling pneumonia who we can't figure out what's going on right away are having specimens taken and sent to the reference lab for testing," Schaffner added.

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