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Volume 48, Number 2, April 2015

Coronavirus: A new threat to pilgrims 

Kanwal Abro, Marium Farooqi, Sajid Ali, Syed Arsalan Ali

Received: June 13, 2013    Revised: October 18, 2013    Accepted: January 2, 2013   


Background and purpose: 

Syed Arsalan Ali
Corresponding author. Dow Medical College, Dow University of Health Sciences, Baba-e-Urdu Road, Karachi, Pakistan.The period between November 2012 and July 2013 marked the pandemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS CoV) that killed around 775 people in 2003.1 Recently, a new strain of coronavirus, novel coronavirus (London1 novel CoV), has been reported worldwide. This virus has killed 18 people and more than 30 confirmed cases have been reported by the World Health Organization since September 2012. A majority of these cases have been reported from the Middle East; and of the 24 cases reported from Saudi Arabia, to date 15 have died.