SARS-like virus spreads to Italy

Italyâ„¢s Health Ministry says three people have been infected with a new deadly respiratory virus related to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

According to a statement released by the ministry on Saturday, a man, living in Tuscany region in central Italy, was infected with the deadly coronavirus after returning from a 40-day visit to Jordan.

The statement added that a young kid who is related to the 45-year-old man and one of his work colleagues were also infected with the virus.

According to the reports, all the patients were hospitalized and being monitored in isolation.

The novel coronavirus, also known as nCoV-EMC, is a cousin of SARS. However, it does not appear to be as contagious as SARS, which killed some 800 people in a 2003 epidemic.

The virus first emerged in the Middle East, and was discovered on September 2012 in a Qatari man who had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia.

Cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE, Qatar, Britain and Germany, and health officials believe the virus is likely to spread between humans in certain circumstances.

Scientists are considering whether bats or other animals like goats or camels are a possible source of infection.

Health authorities are trying to find out how humans contract the virus in a bid to find the best remedy for it.

The World Health Organization has advised countries to test any individual admitted with unexplained pneumonia.

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This article originally appeared on: Press TV