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03 June 2013 09:32
The new Sars like respiratory illness is a threat to the world, warned the World Health Organisation
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described the new Sars-like respiratory illness as a threat to the world. The illness "is emerging faster than our understanding", according to experts, with 49 laboratory confirmed cases reported by the WHO since last September across eight countries.
The warning come as a stark reminder to travellers to make certain they have taken out
medical travel insurance before going abroad.
The greatest concern of WHO director general Dr Margaret Chan was the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV.
The novel coronavirus was "a threat to the entire world", she told the World Heath Assembly in Geneva. Most patients infected travelled to the Middle East but health officials this month confirmed the virus can be transmitted between people.
UK health workers were advised to watch out for severe unexplained respiratory illness in anyone who travelled in the Middle East recently, and unexplained clusters of the illness. The signs of infection are fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing problems.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
A holiday price increase of 10% on trips to Europe could cause tourists to postpone their getaways next year, experts are warning.
18 November 2016
British citizens will no longer be able to travel freely to Europe without paying a "travel tax" or filling in visa forms under plans unveiled by Brussels.
17 November 2016
London mayor Sadiq Khan has signalled his support for a legal challenge to the expansion of Heathrow airport.