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Respiratory viruses have pandemic potential

LONDON — Two respiratory viruses in different parts of the world have captured the attention of global health officials — a novel coronavirus in the Middle East and a new bird flu spreading in China.

Last week, the coronavirus related to SARS spread to France, where one patient who probably caught the disease in Dubai infected his hospital roommate. Officials are 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.

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