Five new deaths in Saudi Arabia by a coronavirus or hCoV-EMC
Health Ministry of Saudi Arabia said that five Saudis have died from a new virus similar to SARS in recent times, and that two others were treated in intensive care.
The statement reported that all deaths in the province Ahsaa.
Known as a coronavirus or hCoV-EMC, the virus was detected in mid-2012 and is a cousin of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which caused panic 10 years ago in East Asia.
New respiratory disease like SARS virus whose epidemic killed hundreds of people in 2002 and 2003, was found in a patient in the UK in September 2012.
Scientists are still assessing the danger is the new virus.
Health Ministry of Saudi Arabia stated that "every precaution to those who have been in contact with infected people have been taken and took samples from them to investigate whether they are infected."
However, the ministry did not give details of how many people were examined.
Sixteen people have died by now 23 cases found in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Germany and Britain.
Riyadh has taken into account most of the deaths, 11 people, including five new deaths.
These viruses are the cause of most common colds and pneumonia, but also are responsible for SARS which killed more than 800 people in China in 2003.
The new virus is different in that it leads to rapid renal failure.
This strain has been shrouded in mystery, and WHO does not yet know how to transmit and how it spread.