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I found a report from the AP that says a mysterious SARS like illness is behind five deaths in the Middle East. Those deaths occured last year. But the report goes on to say the disease has killed its first person of 2013. This word from British officials.
This marks the 10th case of the new virus, which international health officials call a coronavirus. The Coronavirus is in a family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to SARS. SARS killed 800 people in 2003 in a global epidemic.
This latest patient is a U.K. resident who'd been in the Middle East and Pakistan. That person was in the intensive care unit at last report.
The risk to most people is extremely low. In fact health officials say risk to people who've visited the Arabian Peninsula is low. No travel restrictions are in place, but people who develop severe respiratory symptoms like shortness of breath, after visiting the region are urged to seek medical attention.
There's no proof humans spread the disease, but experts say they believe humans can get it from animals like bats and camels.