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May 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

New virus stirs concern, but no restrictions on travel

 

A nurse walks towards the Roger Salengro Hospital in Lille,France, on May 13, 2013 where two patients were diagnosed with the Novel Coronavirus. Officials are now trying to track down everyone who went on a tour group holiday to Dubai with the first patient as well as all contacts of the second patient.  (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

A nurse walks towards the Roger Salengro Hospital in Lille,France, on May 13 where two patients were diagnosed with the Novel Coronavirus. Officials are now trying to track down everyone who went on a tour group holiday to Dubai with the first patient as well as all contacts of the second patient. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

News is percolating among international travelers  about what’s called the Novel Coronavirus, a new and deadly disease that can cause severe respiratory illness and fever.

The number of people infected since it was spotted last year is very low so far – 34 people from April 2012 to May 2013  according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control – but the death rate is high and there is no specific treatment for it.  Many cases have been linked to countries in the Arabian Peninsula, and most recently a tourist  from France is believed to have caught  the virus when visiting Dubai (and his hospital roommate in France became infected).

However, the World Health Organization currently  is not recommending any special screening at borders nor is it  recommending any travel or trade restrictions because of the Novel Coronavirus.

Here’s an overview from the CDC  website about the Novel Coronavirus.  (There’s also concern about

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