Sunday, May 19, 2013

5 things to know about dangerous, SARS-like virus

A new virus in the same family as SARS -- found for the first time in humans in recent months -- has infected 40 people, most of them in the Middle East.

Half of those infected have died, according to the World Health Organization. Earlier this week, the WHO reported two health care workers in Saudi Arabia had been sickened while treating patients.

Cases of the virus, called the novel coronavirus or nCoV, have also been reported in European countries, most recently France but also Germany and the United Kingdom.