No evidence newly-discovered virus is contagious for humans: WHO

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Coronavirus

There is no evidence of human-to-human transmission of a newly discovered virus called 'novel coronavirus,' the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday.

WHO says novel coronavirus can cause acute respiratory infection and renal failure.

Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports.

A 60 year old man in Saudi Arabia was stricken and died from the virus earlier this year.

Its discovery in a second patient, a 49 year old Qatari man who had recently entered Saudi Arabia last month, spurred WHO to issue a global alert.

WHO says that the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Kingdom, where the second case was treated, are continuing their work to gain a better understanding of the disease and the likely source of infection.

To support these efforts WHO has sent experts to Saudi Arabia and Qatar as part of an international team.

The agency says that future epidemiological and scientific studies will lead to a better understanding of the novel coronavirus.

Beng Poblete-Enriquez, United Nations.

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