WHO alert virus similar to SARS

WHO alert virus similar to SARS

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned of the emergence of a new virus family similar to SARS coronavirus in UK.

The new virus was identified in a male patient aged 49 Qatari origin who is in critical condition, who recently traveled to Saudi Arabia, the WHO said in a statement.WHO alert virus similar to SARS

WHO maintains close monitoring found in the British country which confirmed the presence of infectious disease of the coronavirus family that belongs to the common cold virus and the acute respiratory syndrome or SARS known as SARS.

? Considering that this is a new coronavirus, WHO is currently in the process of obtaining additional information to determine the implications for public health?, Said.

According to WHO the patient went to the doctor in Qatar on September 3 with the symptoms of a severe respiratory infection, 7 June he was admitted to intensive care unit in Doha on September 11, was transferred to the UK in an air ambulance.

The UN health agency (UN) said that compared the sequences of virus genes with other patient samples Qatar a 60 year-old from Saudi Arabia who died earlier this year with the same symptoms.

According to laboratory tests, the two samples were nearly identical in 99.5%.

SARS emerged in China in 2002, killing at least 800 people.

For now, the WHO did not recommend restricting travel to these countries and invited interested parties to consult the guidelines for the season of pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) 2012 in Saudi Arabia.