Life amid emerging disease: Family hit hard by coronavirus

05/13/2013 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

An emerging SARS-related coronavirus that has killed 18 people in the Middle East and Europe has taken an especially serious toll on one Saudi Arabian family, with two suspected cases, one confirmed case and one death. The cases add to the growing belief that the disease may spread between people, but only those with sustained close contact, experts say. However, there is no evidence of "generalized transmission in communities," said Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization.

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