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German lab: Qatar man suffered from new virus

BERLIN — A patient from Qatar has been confirmed with a new virus related to SARS, while health officials are investigating whether it may have spread between humans in Saudi Arabia.

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute said Friday the patient fell ill in October with severe respiratory problems. He was taken to Germany for treatment in a specialty clinic and recovered after a month.

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The World Health Organization advised authorities around the world to test any patients with unexplained pneumonias for the new coronavirus, from a family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as SARS — Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

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