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SARS-related virus in Italy 'under control'

Health ministry says three cases in Tuscany are mild

SARS-related virus in Italy 'under control'

Rome, June 5 - A new respiratory virus related to SARS confirmed in patients in Tuscany "is under control", Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin told the House on Wednesday. "Right now 60 people who have been in contact with patients whose infection has been confirmed are being monitored and all reported negative tests and enjoy good health," said the health minister. "For this reason I feel like assuring parliament and citizens that the situation is under control". Three people are being treated in Tuscany for a SARS-related virus. A 45-year-old man who had recently returned from Jordan was hospitalized with a high fever and respiratory problems, according to health authorities. The other two confirmed cases are a young child related to the man and a work colleague. Infectious disease experts have said the three cases are mild. SARS is a virus which cannot be treated with antibiotics. It killed an estimated 800 people in a worldwide epidemic 10 years ago. Some 51 new cases have been confirmed since September, several across Europe, according to the UN health agency.

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