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SARS-like virus spreads to healthcare workers

May 16, 2013

NEW YORK — Health officials have reported that a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS has apparently spread from patients to healthcare workers in eastern Saudi Arabia, according to NBC News.

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia recently reported to world health officials that two health care workers became ill this month after being exposed to patients with the virus, and that one is critically ill, the article stated.

According to the article, Experts are watching for signs that the deadly virus can spread from person-to-person, with one instance occurring between patients in France, but the confirmed spread to nurses or other health care workers is new.

The new virus is distinct from SARS, but health officials still worry about its potential to flare into a SARS-like international outbreak, the article noted.

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