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Coronavirus Does Not Pose Global Threat Yet, Experts Say

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Though it has caused 41 deaths in 77 confirmed cases, the Middle East respiratory-syndrome coronavirus does not pose a global threat yet, according to a new study in the Lancet.

BBC News reports that a team at the Pasteur Institute in Paris tried to determine how many people an infected person would pass the virus to on average. Their analysis showed that the virus’s "basic reproduction value" was not exceptionally high. An infected person would infect 0.69 other people on average, meaning that three infected patients would only pass the virus on to two others.

Most of the infections have come from an animal source, but there have been confirmed instances of it spreading between people.

Prof Arnaud Fontanet told the BBC that even though the virus does not yet pose a global threat, the world should not rest easy.

“My concern is that people read this and not worry about it, but the opposite is true. This is the perfect time to identify the animal host and stop it."

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MERS Coronavirus Kills Three More in Saudi Arabia

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) -- Saudi health officials say three more people have died from the MERS coronavirus, bringing the death toll in Saudi Arabia to 24. The country has seen the highest number of MERS cases since the outbreak started last year, with 38 known infections.

Infections have also emerged in Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Italy. All of the cases have ties to the Middle East, according to the World Health Organization.

Until recently, MERS-CoV was known widely as the “SARS-like virus” because of its semblance to the deadly SARS virus, which a decade ago sickened more than 8,000 people and killed 774. But experts caution that while both viruses can cause pneumonia and organ failure, MERS-CoV appears to spread less readily than SARS so far.

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