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Is the Saudi virus a new SARS?

发布时间:2017-12-10 03:01:33来源:未知点击:

“CAN transmit from person to person”. That is how the World Health Organization is now talking of the coronavirus that emerged last year in the Middle East. Clusters of people with the viral infection, dubbed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), give evidence that it can spread. What’s more, France’s health ministry has reported that a man who fell seriously ill with MERS after a trip to Dubai passed the virus to the person in the next hospital bed. But the virus has not spread widely in the community, and close contact appears to be necessary for transmission, says Keiji Fukuda of the WHO. However, Fukuda notes that undiagnosed cases may exist, with only mild symptoms. The two earliest known cases were part of a cluster of respiratory infections in April 2012 in Jordan. The others were milder and are thought to have been due to the virus, even though standard tests were negative. Routine tests on the first French patient were also negative,