The World Health Organization (WHO) released an alert to doctors concerning a new SARS virus that appears to be race-specific – attacking individuals of Arab descent.
One man from Saudi Arabia diagnosed with pneumonia and acute renal failure that died in July and another from Qatar has had their DNA sequenced. It was discovered that the virus that killed both men were the same. However, to distract the public, Gregory Hartl, WHO spokesperson is claiming that the two men contracted the new SARS from animals. There is no proof that the new SARS is contagious or spread from human-to-human.
John Watson, professor of respiratory diseases at the Health Protection Agency states that no healthcare workers exposed to the new SARS have come down with the disease. According to a HPA statement: “Preliminary inquiries have revealed no evidence of illness in contacts of these two cases, including health-care workers. Based on what we know about other coronaviruses, many of these contacts will already have passed the period when they could have caught the virus from the infected person.”