SARS-like virus kills two in Saudi Arabia, Qatar

The World Health Organization is raising alarm after a virus similar to SARS has now killed two people in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, says a report from Reuters.

An update posted by the WHO Friday says that novel coronavirus, which was originally identified in September, has now killed one additional man in Qatar and has infected three additional people in Saudi Arabia.

The 49-year-old man who died in Qatar had travelled to Saudi Arabia before he got sick, says Reuters.

Friday’s statement from the WHO says there are probably more cases of novel coronavirus than have been reported.

“Until more information is available, it is prudent to consider that the virus is likely more widely distributed than just the two countries which have identified cases,” it says.