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Deadly New Virus Warning by CDC, SARS-Like Infection Originated in Middle East

By Staff Writer | March 08, 2013 02:54 PM EST

Deadly New Virus Warning by CDC, SARS-Like Infections Originated in Middle East
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The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a deadly new virus warning on Thursday.

State and local health officials have warned them about potential infections from a deadly virus which is of the same family as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The new virus similar to SARS can also be found in bats.

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Although majority of the infections have been confirmed in the Middle East however there were three in the U.K. that is also caused by the coronavirus. So far it has already killed eight and infected 14.

Which is suggesting the virus can most likely spread from person to person rather than from animals to humans, the CDC said in its Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report on Thursday.

CDC's analysis revels the infections in Britain began with a 60-year-old man who had traveled to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and developed a respiratory illness on January 24. Based on the test results he was revealed to be infected with both the new virus and the H1N1, or the swine flu.

The man passed on the illness to two people in his home, a man with underlying illness who passed away on February 6. A healthy adult female developed respiratory illness on February 5, however did not need to be hospitalized and has recovered.

There have been no reports of the infection in the United States. No travel restrictions have been placed from the World Health Organization or the CDC related to the virus. The CDC has stated people who return from the Arabian Peninsula and develop a severe acute lower respiratory illness within 10 days should follow these guidelines.

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