Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a newly discovered SARS-like virus also known as novel coronavirus (nCoV), is spreading in the world with 49 total cases (latest update).
Although the coronaviruses cause illnesses such as common cold and SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, among others but the new virus is not SARS that is why World Health Organization (WHO) called it as Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus, or MERS-CoV.
Bad news is that 27 out of 49 cases died from the infection caused by the virus and the latest death has been reported in Saudi Arabia.
The virus is “a threat to the entire world,” according to the general director of WHO.
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.
Cases of infections caused by this virus have also been reported in other parts of the world.
“All of the European cases have had a direct or indirect connection to the Middle East,” the WHO said earlier this month. But “in France and the United Kingdom, there has been limited local transmission among close contacts who had not been to the Middle East but had been in contact with a traveler recently returned from the Middle East.”
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