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U.S. medical authorities monitor deadly Coronavirus

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 01:25

May 31 - Medical authorities are keeping close watch on the new SARS-like Coronavirus which has reportedly killed 30 people. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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U.S. medical authorities say they're keeping a close eye on the new SARS-like "Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus," which emerged in Saudi Arabia last year. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES, DR. ANTHONY S. FAUCI, SAYING: "We don't know how people are getting infected. We are assuming that they are being exposed inadvertently to an infected animal. The characteristics are that it doesn't spread well at all from person to person, so it doesn't have what's called sustained transmissibility from you to me, from me to my family, etcetera.'' The virus has been found in Jordan, Qatar, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates, while isolated cases have been exported to France, Britain and Germany by visitors. France reported its first death from the Coronavirus on Tuesday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES, DR. ANTHONY S. FAUCI, SAYING: "Now, the reason we are concerned about it is that it could evolve by mutation to get better and better at spreading among people. Thank goodness, right now, it doesn't do that with the exception of some very, very few family clusters. The other thing that's concerning is that the lethality of this virus is significant." The disease is from the same viral family that triggered the outbreak of SARS that swept the world in late 2003 and killed 775 people.

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U.S. medical authorities monitor deadly Coronavirus

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 01:25