The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday warned state and local health officials about potential infections from a deadly virus previously unseen in humans that has now sickened 14 people and killed eight.
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 in its Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report on Thursday.
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.
In September 2012, what is believed to be a new type of coronavirus, tentatively referred to as Novel Coronavirus 2012, being similar to SARS (but still apart from it, and also different from the common cold-causing coronavirus) was discovered in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.The World Health Organisation has issued a global alert accordingly and issued an interim case definition to help countries strengthen health protection measures against the new virus. The WHO update on 28 September 2012 said that the virus did not seem to transmit easily from person to person.
Originally posted by PhoenixOD
I really cant see how you managed to get that idea from the source article. I think your jumping to conclusions a bit there.