Common Cold Virus Suspected in SARS
CDC Says New Form of Virus May Cause Mystery Pneumonia
Hong Kong remains the area hardest hit by the outbreak of mysterious pneumonia, with 260 cases reported and 10 deaths. Other severely affected areas include Singapore, with 65 cases and no deaths, and Vietnam, with 58 cases and four deaths. In addition, Canada has reported 11 cases and three deaths.
Gerberding says of the 39 suspected SARS cases currently under investigation in the US, 32 are among persons who have traveled to the affected areas of Southeast Asia, and the remaining seven are healthcare workers or close family members of these individuals.