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Cases of SARS-like virus should be reported within 1 day: CDC

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Thursday listed a new SARS-like virus infection as a communicable disease that should be reported to health authorities within 24 hours.

The new severe respiratory disease is associated with a coronavirus and has been designated as a Category IV communicable disease, CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw said.

The category includes infectious diseases such as Ebola hemorrhagic fever and yellow fever, which have not been reported in Taiwan but could threaten public health, Chou said.

Chou said experts at a CDC meeting earlier in the day concluded that the new virus found in the Middle East poses a “low risk” to Taiwan for the time being. However, doctors in Taiwan who treat patients believed to have the new virus infection shoul d report the cases to the CDC within 24 hours, he said.

The coronavirus belongs to the same family as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which emerged in China in 2002 and killed 800 people around the world.

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