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    New Virus More Deadly Than SARS

    This undated electron microscope image made availalbe by the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows novel coronavirus particles, also known as the MERS virus, colorized in yellow. The mysterious new respiratory virus that originated in the Middle East spreads easily between people and appears more deadly than SARS, doctors reported Wednesday, June 19, 2013 after investigating the biggest outbreak in Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/NIAID - RML)


    A new virus distantly related to SARS is shaping up to be more deadly and spread even more quickly than the one that caused a global outbreak in 2003, killing 800 people. About 60 cases of the new virus, known as MERS, have been reported so far; most have been in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East. The source of MERS, a respiratory virus, remains completely mysterious to the team of scientists who have examined the cases so far. Some of the infected patients had no obvious exposure to anyone else with the virus. In addition to the Middle East, several cases have been reported in France, Great Britain, and Italy.

    Read it at The Associated Press