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World Health Organization Says Has Found New SARS-Like Virus


A mourner wearing a mask during the funeral of SARS doctor Tse Yuen-man in Hong Kong in May 2003.

A mourner wearing a mask during the funeral of SARS doctor Tse Yuen-man in Hong Kong in May 2003.

A new virus belonging to the same family as the SARS virus that killed 800 people in 2002 has been identified in Britain in a man who had recently been in Saudi Arabia.

The World Health Organization made the announcement on September 23 and issued a statement through its "global alert and response" system.

The United Nations health body said tests on the patient, a 49-year-old Qatari man, confirmed the presence of a new coronavirus.
Based on reporting by Reuters
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