Newly discovered virus takes more lives, spreads

Thursday, May 30, 2013
By Paul Martin

By Ben Brumfield
Thu May 30, 2013

(CNN) — A new SARS-like virus recently found in humans continues to spread — with the worldwide total now at 49, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Of the 49 known infections with the MERS-CoV virus, 27 have resulted in death, the organization said.

The latest deaths were reported in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi health ministry said Wednesday that three people died from their infections in the country’s eastern region.

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The virus is “a threat to the entire world,” the WHO’s general director said Monday.

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