A new virus that causes an acute respiratory syndrome with kidney failure, and that is similar to SARS, a form of pneumonia that presents with severe respiratory distress that can lead to death, has been detected in a healthy adult in Doha (Qatar) ), which manifested the first signs of the disease at the beginning of September.

The man was transferred to the United Kingdom, where the HPA - Health Protection Agency of the United Kingdom - analyzed a sample of the patient in which the new virus was identified, which was later compared with a virus extracted from lung tissue of another patient from Saudi Arabia who died after being admitted to the hospital. The researchers observed a 99.5% affinity between both samples.

The new virus is from the same family as the one that causes SARS, which in 2003 was identified as a new disease by the WHO, and infected thousands of people around the world

The new virus comes from the same family as the virus that causes SARS, which in 2003 was identified as a new disease by the World Health Organization (WHO). SARS infected thousands of people around the world, and around 800 died from its cause, so each new outbreak of an infectious disease similar to this triggers health alarms and, at this time, the WHO is collecting information on the virus to define the possible consequences that could have on public health.

Although at the moment only two affected are known, the WHO has asked the health authorities of the various countries to remain alert and suspect the possible presence of the virus in people with symptoms such as acute respiratory distress accompanied by fever above 38 ° C and cough, especially if they have recently traveled to Saudi Arabia.

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