Deadly new virus warning issued by CDC

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A deadly new virus warning has been issued by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Thursday, the CDC warned state and local health officials about potential infections from a deadly virus previously unseen in humans, Reuters is reporting.

In all, 14 people in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and the United Kingdom have been confirmed as having an infection caused by the novel coronavirus. Investigations are underway to figure out the source of the novel coronavirus and how it spreads.

Most of the infections have occurred in the Middle East, but a new analysis of three confirmed infections in Britain suggests the virus can pass from person to person rather than from animal to humans, the CDC said.

The virus is a coronavirus, part of the same family of viruses as the common cold and the deadly outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that first emerged in Asia in 2003. The new virus is not the same as SARS, but like the SARS virus, it is similar to those found in bats.

Symptoms of infection with this new virus include severe acute respiratory illness with fever, cough and shortness of breath. Neither the CDC nor the World Health Organization has issued travel restrictions related to the virus.

So far, there are no reports of anyone in U.S. getting infected and sick with the novel coronavirus.

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