Eight health care workers who became ill after treating people who may have had a recently identified SARS-like coronavirus could be an indication that the virus is transmissible from person to person. Two of those workers died. The International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses has suggested the virus be called "Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus," reflecting the fact infections have been connected to the Middle East. Scientists are considering sero-surveillance to determine the public's exposure to the virus.

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