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New virus seen as 'threat to the entire world'

May 29, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Director-General of the United Nations' (UN) World Health Organization (WHO) has said that a new SARS-like virus recently found in humans is "a threat to the entire world," according to CNN.

In her closing remarks on Monday, at the 66th World Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, Margaret Chan said that "the so-called novel coronavirus is not a problem that any single affected country can keep to itself or manage all by itself," the article stated.

According to the article, Chan indicated that the world "needs to pull together its resources to properly tackle the virus, which is her greatest concern at present."

"We understand too little about this virus when viewed against the magnitude of its potential threat, and more information is needed quickly and urgently," said Chan.

"We do not know where the virus hides in nature. We do not know how people are getting infected. Until we answer these questions, we are empty-handed when it comes to prevention. These are alarm bells. And we must respond," Chan added.

The most recent WHO update indicated that the virus has infected 44 people worldwide; half of them have died, the article noted.

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