Secondo l'Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità è stato scoperto un nuovo virus, simile a quello della SARS e trasmissibile da uomo a uomo, capace di scatenare una potenziale nuova pandemia globale. Il suo nome è coronavirus nCOV (MERS-CoV).
A new SARS-like virus recently found in humans is "a threat to the entire world," according to the director-general of the United Nations' World Health Organization.
The so-called novel coronavirus "is not a problem that any single affected country can keep to itself or manage all by itself," Margaret Chan said Monday in her closing remarks at the 66th World Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
"We do not know where the virus hides in nature. We do not know how people are getting infected. Until we answer these questions, we are empty-handed when it comes to prevention. These are alarm bells. And we must respond," she said.