Newly discovered virus continues to spread, taking more lives

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The World Health Organization is issuing a warning about a new, SARS-like virus recently found in humans.  The virus continues to spread, with a worldwide total now at 49. The WHO says,  of the 49 cases of the MERS-CoV virus, 27 have resulted in death.   The latest deaths were reported in Saudi Arabia, in the country’s eastern region.

The virus is “a threat to the entire world,” says the WHO’s general director.  It “is not a problem that any single affected country can keep to itself or manage all by itself,” Margaret Chan said Monday in her closing remarks at the 66th World Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

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