SARS-related virus sweeps through the UK

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UNITED KINGDOM – There`s a medical mystery in the air. No we`re not talking about West Nile. This one is across the pond.

It`s a new type of coronavirus, which is from the same virus family of the common cold and very closely related to SARS. Remember SARS? It stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Between 2002-2003, there was a huge outbreak. More than 8,000 got sick and it killed 774 people.

Scientists say the new virus causes the same severe respiratory problems as SARS, but with an added problem—kidney failure! So far, two people have been infected; a 49-year-old man from Qatar. He was transferred to the UK in early September for treatment and is in critical condition. A 60-year-old Saudi Arabian man was also infected, but died back in June.

Now before things get worse, researchers are working to backtrack all the places these men traveled in order to pinpoint the source.

Talk about finding a needle in a haystack.