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Seven new cases of SARS-like virus reported

May 3, 2013

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA — Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry has confirmed that five people have died, and two more patients are in critical condition with confirmed cases of the new SARS-like virus, according to The Washington Post.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been informed of these seven new cases, the article stated.

According to the article, the new virus was first identified in the Middle East last year, and several of those infected had traveled to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Pakistan.

The WHO believes the virus could be more widespread than just the Middle East and is advising countries to test any people with unexplained pneumonia, the article noted.

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