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  9/29/2012, Tishrei 13, 5773

WHO: New SARS-Like Virus not Easily Transmittable


Last week's discovery of a new virus from the same family as SARS has prompted concern and fear among the medical community, but according to new research compiled by the World Health Organization, there is no evidence to suggest the virus spreads easily between people. 

The virus has so far only infected two people, one in Saudi Arabi who died from the virus and another in Qatar, who is critically ill and being treated in London. 

The WHO said on Saturday that only those who are very ill in hospital with a respiratory infection, have been in Qatar or Saudi Arabia and test negative for common forms of pneumonia and infections, should be tested for the new virus.

The virus is from a family called coronaviruses, which also includes viruses that cause the common cold and SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which emerged in China in 2002 and killed around a tenth of the 8,000 people it infected worldwide.