Deadly new virus emerges

A mysterious infection has been spreading for almost a year

By Janet Raloff, 17:36 PM March 19, 2013

Microscopic photo of the new germ, shown in false color. Credit: NIAID/NIH

Over the past year, a viral infection has infected 15 people — killing nine. All lived in the Middle East or Britain. The novel germ doe not yet have a formal name. It causes pneumonia, a type of severe lung infection. On Feb. 27, scientists from around the world met in Washington, D.C., to share what they know about the mystery illness and its threat.

There is no evidence the disease spreads easily from person to person, reported Gwen Stephens of the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health in Ri...

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