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Both illnesses are types of coronavirus which are thought to be genetically close.

More people have been killed by the new coronavirus than the 2003 SARS outbreak, according to latest figures.

A total of 805 people have died from 2019-nCoV, dubbed the Wuhan virus, compared to 774 killed by SARS.

Both are types of coronavirus which originated in China and virologists say they are genetically close.

The majority of deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak are concentrated in mainland China, although there has been one death in the Philippines and another in Hong Kong.

The first victim to be officially identified was 34-year-old doctor Li Wenliang, who died on Friday after testing positive for the virus, Chinese state media said.

Dr Li had been one of the first to warn about the new virus but was punished by authorities for “rumour-mongering”.

He became ill after treating a patient with the virus at Wuhan Central Hospital.

Although the number of deaths from the Wuhan virus now outnumber SARS deaths, the fatality rate is lower for the Wuhan virus.

The fatality rate for SARS was 9.6%, while around 2% of those who contracted the Wuhan virus have died.

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Deaths in Saudi Arabia From MERS Virus Climb to 385

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Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry says two more people have died after contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS, pushing the total number of deaths from the virus in the kingdom to 385.
The ministry’s statement on Saturday says that 902 cases of MERS have been discovered in Saudi Arabia since the virus was first identified in 2012, though 490 people who contracted it have recovered.
Some 57 people have contracted MERS in the kingdom since the start of February.
The virus has affected people in other parts of the world, but has mostly remained centered in Saudi Arabia. MERS belongs to a family of viruses known as corona viruses that include both the common cold and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.
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SARS-Like Virus Discovered in Egypt

SARS-Like Virus Discovered in Egypt
The first case of the SARS-like novel coronavirus was discovered in Egypt according to state television.

The patient, who is now in a hospital in the capital city, Cairo, had arrived recently in the country from Saudi Arabia, RT reported.

92 people have died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia, the country’s Health Ministry said on its website Friday.

The virus, which can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia has a higher than 40 percent death rate among confirmed cases.

2,300 tubes containing SARS virus samples missing in France


A major French biomedical research body, the Pasteur Institute, have launched an investigation into the disappearance of some 2,300 test tubes containing samples of the SARS virus. The loss was discovered during an inventory.
The Pasteur Institute filed a so-called ‘complaint against X’ on Monday over the lost SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) samples. According to French law, such complaints allow law enforcement agencies to investigate a certain case, without targeting specific individuals or companies.
The distinguished research body has also announced it has closed its P3 laboratory, where the samples of the potentially deadly virus were kept.

SARS-Like MERS Virus Spreads Among Health Care Workers


A sudden uptick in the SARS-like corona virus called MERS-CoVfor Middle Eastern Respiratory Coronavirus is partially related to health care workers becoming infected with the disease.

This month the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 32 cases of the virus so far, including a cluster of 10 health care workers, all of whom worked with an infected patient who died on April 10. Nearly all the cases were located in the Middle East countries of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Jordan. One case was found in Malaysia.

Of the 32 cases reported this month, 19 were health care workers, according to the WHO.


For the first time, the disease has been found in Asia, after a Malaysian man was found to have contracted it this month. The 54-year-old man was diagnosed with the disease after traveling to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The man traveled for a pilgrimage and during his vacation spent time at a camel farm, where he had camel milk. He died on April 13 and had undisclosed underlying health conditions.

The virus is a respiratory virus in the same family as the deadly SARS virus and common cold. Symptoms can include fever, shortness of breath, pneumonia, diarrhea and in severe cases kidney failure.

Since the virus was first identified in April 2012, the WHO has found a total of 243 confirmed cases of the deadly virus and 93 people have died from it.

The virus has been shown to spread between people in close contact. Currently officials do not know where the virus originated, but suspect it was likely from an animal.

No MERS-CoV infections have been reported in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that travelers to the Arabian Peninsula monitor their health during the trip and in the weeks after.

CDC officials recommend that if a recent traveler to the region develops a fever or symptom of respiratory illness, including a cough or shortness of breath, they should see a doctor immediately.

Saudi Arabia Reports 1 More Death From New Virus

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Saudi Arabia says a man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 63 the deaths in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak.

The Health Ministry said Friday the latest victim, a 19-year-old, died in the city of al-Kharj, southeast of Riyadh. Two of his sisters are in hospital on suspicion they have been infected with the virus. If they prove to be positive, it would further raise the number of people infected.

So far, 150 people have been infected in the kingdom since September 2012.

The new virus is related to SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003. It belongs to a family of viruses that most often causes the common cold.