Ten people have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Italy.
Health authorities there say they have sent the blood samples of the 10 people to the Superior Health Institute for confirmation.
The ten‚ however‚ have not been isolated because they weren't showing any symptoms of the virus.
On Monday‚ Italy confirmed its first case of the virus in a 45-year-old man who visited Jordan for 40 days.
The new virus appears to cause an infection in the lungs‚ with patients experiencing symptoms like coughing‚ fever and pneumonia.
The World Health Organization says‚ the MERS coronavirus‚ which is being dubbed the "New SARS‚" appears to be spreading much slower than SARS‚ but can be more aggressive in those infected.
SARS swept the parts of Asia and some other countries back in 2003‚ killing close to 8-hundred people.
Most of those infected now are from Saudi Arabia‚ and many of them have either traveled to the Middle East or come in close contact with someone who did.
With the possibility of human-to-human transmission‚ the WHO has called on the international community to help prevent the virus from spreading while‚ at the same time‚ finding a cure.
Korea has yet to report any cases of the new virus‚ but health departments in the nation are working to increase their awareness of this outbreak‚ so they can quickly identify cases in the country.
Lee Ji-yoon‚ Arirang News. Reporter : firstname.lastname@example.org