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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Saudi Arabia reports new coronavirus case #NCoV
Saudi Arabia has now reported six cases. Qatar has had the two confirmed cases. And Jordan has reported two cases, but the confirmations came months after the two individuals died, after falling ill last April.
Mounts said the WHO is trying to get countries to look harder for the virus. "We're concerned and really watching it very closely and trying to push people to do more investigation."
He also said the organization is putting together networks of experts to help it with the coronavirus situation -- an approach the WHO used with much success during the SARS outbreak.
A laboratory network and a network of expert epidemiologists -- sometimes called disease detectives -- are being set up. As well, a group of clinical experts who have advised the WHO over the past decade on possible treatments for H5N1 -- bird flu -- and during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic is being reactivated to help with this situation, Mounts said.