LONDON – A new virus belonging to the same family as the SARS virus that killed 800 people in 2002 has been identified in Britain in a man who had recently been in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Sunday.

SARS ravaged much of East Asia in the initial outbreak in 2002/3. The disease emerged in China and killed some 800 people worldwide. A hotel in Hong Kong (in)famously became the “epicenter” of this pandemic. Singapore was also seriously affected.

Now, there are signs that another SARS-like pandemic could emerge, given the discovery of a new SARS-like virus by UK doctors. There does not, however, seem to be any immediate threat.