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SASTM Newsflash - Novel Coronavirus - Eastern Mediterranean: UK - Person to person transmission suspected

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NOVEL CORONAVIRUS - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN : UK, PERSON TO PERSON TRANSMISSION SUSPECTED

 

 

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 UK resident, does not have any recent travel history and is currently receiving intensive care

treatment at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. It is understood that this patient has an existing medical condition that may make them more susceptible to respiratory infections. This latest case brings the total number of confirmed cases globally to 11, of which 3 have been diagnosed in the UK.

 

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 Middle East suggests that

person-to-person transmission has occurred and that it occurred in the UK. This case is a family member who was in close personal contact with the earlier case and who may have been at greater risk of acquiring an infection because of their underlying health condition. To date, evidence of person-to-person transmission has been limited. Although this case provides strong evidence for person to person transmission, the risk of infection in most circumstances is still

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 UK population remains very low. The HPA will continue to work closely with national and international health authorities and

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

Saudi Arabia: 5 (3 deaths)

Jordan: 2 (2 deaths)

UK: 3 (1 patient from Qatar - receiving treatment, 2 patients from UK,

1 with recent travel to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia - both receiving treatment)

Germany: 1 (patient from Qatar - discharged)

 

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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