- The CDC is warning state and local health officials about potential deadly infections from never-before-seen virus
- CDC says people who develop a severe lower respiratory illness within 10 days of returning from the Middle East should be evaluated
- Health officials are also issuing warnings about antibiotic-resistant bugs hitting U.S. hospitals
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday warned state and local health officials about potential infections from a deadly virus previously unseen in humans that has now sickened 14 people and killed 8.
Most of the infections have occurred in the Middle East, but a new analysis of three confirmed infections in Britain suggests the virus can pass from person to person rather than from animal to humans, the CDC said in its Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report on Thursday.
The virus is a coronavirus, part of the same family of viruses as the common cold and the deadly outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that first emerged in Asia in 2003. The new virus is not the same as SARS, but like the SARS virus, it is similar to those found in bats.