World Health Organization Confirms New Virus

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ATLANTA (WAOK) – The World Health Organization says it has confirmed discovery of a new SARS-type virus. The WHO says the potentially-deadly pathogen was confirmed in a man from Qatar who traveled to Saudi Arabia before being taken by air ambulance to Britain earlier this month. The 49-year-old was initially diagnosed with severe acute respiratory syndrome, SARS, and renal failure. In announcing that the patient was actually suffering from a novel coronavirus, the WHO has issued a statement saying experts are “currently in the process of obtaining further information to determine the public health implications.” The statement goes on to say that no travel restrictions are being recommended at this time. An outbreak of SARS back in 2002 and 2003 is believed to have sickened over eight thousand people worldwide.

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