According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 15 people from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Kingdom have been infected by the novel coronavirus, which causes a severe respiratory illness in most cases, from April 2012 through March 2013. Of these 15 people, nine have died. The most recent fatality involved a 39-year-old male who developed symptoms on Feb. 28, 2013 and died on March 2, 2013. There have not been any reported cases in the United States to date.
“The novel coronavirus is not the same virus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003. However, like the SARS virus, the novel coronavirus is most similar to those found in bats. CDC is still learning about this new virus.” The CDC is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to better understand the public health risk presented by this virus. Both organizations have compiled helpful information about the novel coronavirus, including updates, case definitions, and guidance, including an Interim Surveillance Recommendations (WHO).
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