WormGuy Posted February 18, 2013 Share Posted February 18, 2013 http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/18/health/coronavirus/index.html?hpt=hp_bn13 *Snip* (CNN) -- Infectious disease experts say they wouldn't be surprised if a new virus that's sickened 12 people and killed five shows up in the United States. The first cases of the novel coronavirus, which is in the same family as SARS and the common cold, were found to have occurred in an Amman, Jordan, hospital in April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People have also become infected in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. On Saturday, the World Health Organization announced a new case in the United Kingdom. "I wouldn't be shocked if it came here," said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Dr. Susan Gerber, a medical epidemiologist in the CDC's Division of Viral Diseases, agreed. "It could happen," she said. "That's why the CDC is working closely with the World Health Organization and other international partners." The CDC has advised doctors to ask patients with certain symptoms about their recent travels. Symptoms of infection with the novel coronavirus include an acute respiratory infection, fever and a cough. The new virus, which the WHO is calling NCoV, or novel coronavirus, has a range of effects. One patient in the United Kingdom had only mild symptoms, but others have suffered pneumonia and kidney failure. "Once it gets you, it's a very serious infection," Schaffner said. Fortunately, he added, the virus is "very difficult to acquire." John Quote Link to comment
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