New SARS-like Virus Infects Both Humans and Animals

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A virus discovered this year is a serious concern to animals and humans alike. According to Wired, a new SARS-like pathogen is not only affecting people, but pigs, bats and possibly more animals, as well. Researchers are using these findings to help track the source of the virus and see how wild animals play a role in its dispersal.

The infection was first found in humans occurring this past summer in Saudi Arabia, when a man came down with severe pneumonia caused by an unknown microbe. After extensive testing, it was revealed the microbe was similar to SARS. So far, there have been nine known infections, including five deaths, as a result of this new virus.

Epidemiologists are working to pinpoint what animal species are at risk of being infected. This information will help control the spread of the disease. The SARS virus of 2003 originated in Chinese horseshoe bats. Researchers have found that bats can be infected by this new virus, but are unsure if that is where the pathogen originated. Currently, officials are looking for infections in a wide range of animals to ensure they keep the virus in check.

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Mother Nature should unleash a virus that attacks poor grammar.

December 14 2012 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I did some figuring based on the number of deaths so 5 out of 9 thats 55 percent using todays world population 7.58 billion people that would come out to 3.9 billion deaths that world be more then half the worlds population. I would also say this is if the virus does not mutate again and if they can find a vaccine.

December 13 2012 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well lets hope they get a handle on this because this could do more then God for bit kill some people it could devastate the world in the dark ages and the spanish flu there was no air travel our hospitals would be over whelmed and we already know from hurricane sandy good luck with govt help this could be worse then any sic-fi movie.

December 13 2012 at 7:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well we're passed due for a good cleansing of the Human Genome...Like the 1918 Spanish Flu, or the "Dark Ages" Bubonic Plague.

December 13 2012 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mother Nature's way of doing clinical trials.

December 13 2012 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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