CDC warns of new virus that has killed 8 people worldwide

Robert Nickla prepares clinical samples submitted for influenza testing at the Arizona State Laboratory in Phoenix on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Health Services)

March 8, 2013 2:37:15 PM PST
Federal health officials are issuing a new warning over a virus that has sickened 14 people worldwide and has killed eight.

No cases of the coronavirus, known as hCoV-EMC, have been discovered in the U.S. Still, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is telling doctors to report any cases of patients with unexplained respiratory illnesses within 10 days of travelling to the Middle East.

The virus was first identified last September. It has been linked clinically and genetically to the SARS virus, which killed hundreds of people worldwide about a decade ago.

Five people have died from the outbreak in Saudi Arabia, two in Jordan and one person in the United Kingdom. The U.K. death worries officials the most, since it’s considered to be the first evidence of human-to-human transmission, as well as a coinfection with the flu.

For more information, please visit the CDC’s website.