LONDON (WUSA9) -- The coronavirus, a virus that falls into the same family as SARS, has killed a patient in England, a British hospital said Tuesday.
Although the coronavirus has been concentrated in the Middle East, there have been four confirmed cases in Britain, making experts think the virus could spread to the United States.
The coronavirus has flu-like symptoms including: acute respiratory infection, fever and cough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that patients with acute respiratory infections, who have recently traveled to the Middle East, be under close watch.
The coronavirus is related to the SARS virus, which infected 8,098 people worldwide and killed almost 800 people during its outbreak in 2003, according to the CDC.
Yet doctors believe the virus won't spread as easily as SARS. While human-to-human interaction is a possibility of infection, the risk is still considered low, according to Britain's Health Protection Agency.
AP reports, "The new coronavirus is most closely related to a bat virus and scientists are considering whether bats or other animals like goats or camels are a possible source of infection."
The British patient who passed away marks the sixth death caused by the coronavirus. There have been a total of 12 confirmed cases worldwide.