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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.
18 January 2017
Researchers at Cambridge University may have made a breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, according to preliminary findings.
17 January 2017
Stansted Airport has made a bid to become Britain's next hub for long-haul travel, as passengers are promised seamless connection facilities and baggage transfer.
13 January 2017
Long-term goals such as travelling more and visiting new places have come above healthy eating and changing jobs in a list of the top New Year's resolutions.
14 January 2017
Some of the biggest airports in the UK have been forced to cancel flights as snow and blizzard conditions sweep parts of the country.
Stress could be as significant a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as smoking, drinking and overeating, new research shows.
24 December 2016
Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended amid continuing industrial unrest ahead of the weekend break.
11 January 2017
A connection between diabetes and inflection in children could be a major breakthrough in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
People may be able to enjoy better brain health in later life by following a Mediterranean diet, research has suggested.
06 January 2017
Many Britons plan to cut down on the costs of their holidays in 2017, as part of their financial resolutions for the New Year.
05 January 2017
Holidaymakers have been encouraged to make the most of the fact 2017 boasts a pair of bank holiday weekends just two weeks apart.
04 January 2017
Holidaymakers are increasingly turning their attentions to trips which are all-inclusive, new research has suggested.