NOVEL CORONAVIRUS - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN :
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) can confirm a further case of novel coronavirus infection in a family member of the case announced on Monday [11 Feb 2013]. The patient, who is a
treatment at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital,
Professor John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases department at the HPA, said: Confirmed novel coronavirus infection in a person without travel history to the
person-to-person transmission has occurred and that it occurred in the
considered to be very low. If novel coronavirus were more infectious, we would have expected to have seen a larger number of cases than we have seen since the 1st case was reported 3 months ago. However, this new development does justify the measures that were immediately put into place to prevent any further spread of infection and to identify and follow up contacts of known cases. We will continue to provide advice and support to healthcare workers looking after the patients and to contacts of both cases. In light of this latest case, we would like to emphasise that the risk associated with novel coronavirus to the general
will share any further advice with health professionals and the public if and when more nformation becomes available."
Notes to editors:
Laboratory confirmed cases to date: 11
1 with recent travel to
Coronaviruses are causes of the common cold but can also include more severe illness, such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). This new coronavirus was 1st identified in September 2012 in a patient who died from a severe respiratory infection in June 2012. The virus has so far only been identified in a small number of cases of acute, serious respiratory illness who presented with fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
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