Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 2:40 pm
Ever since a previously unknown virus killed a Saudi Arabian man last summer, scientists from around the globe have been trying to figure it out.
On Wednesday, two of the researchers who helped identify the virus shared fresh details about recent cases, including some ideas about how people catch it.
The session was part of an annual research meeting on biodefense and emerging diseases put on by the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, D.C.
The sixth person has died from a new kind of virus that causes symptoms similar to SARS, a hospital in the U.K. said in a statement Tuesday.
Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 3:19 pm
A mysterious illness with a striking resemblance to the one caused by the SARS virus emerged in the Middle East last year.
But the new virus behind the latest cases didn't seem to be contagious – until now.