The mysterious new virus that has been linked to mysterious cases of cold-related illness in the US has been identified in a congressional panel.

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is investigating the origin of the virus and what it might mean for people, including Americans who have been hospitalized due to symptoms of the disease, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Examiner.

The letter was signed by Republican Reps.

Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and Fred Upton, R -Mich., and Democrat Rob Bishop, R