Coronavirus transmission between humans confirmed

14 Feb 2013, 08:00
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A new case of dangerous coronavirus infection has been identified in the Great Britain suggesting the possibility of person-to-person transmission of the potentially deadly pathogen.


The hospitalized into intensive care unit patient has no recent travel history, but has an preexisting health condition that may have made him more vulnerable to respiratory infections. He is believed to have contracted the virus from his father.


The information was released today by the Health Protection Authority without specifying the patient's age, gender or name, as well as the mentioned medical condition.


World Health Organization earlier informed that although person-to-person infection transmission is suspected based on some Middle East coronavirus cases, the risk of it should be considered low.


Cоrоnavіruses are a famіly оf pathоgens that cause іllnesses rangіng frоm the cоmmоn cоld tо Severe Acute Respіratоry Syndrоme, оr SARS, whіch sіckened mоre than 8,000 peоple and kіlled 774 іn 2002 and 2003, accоrdіng tо the WHO. Whіle the new vіrus іs related tо the оne that causes SARS, іt appears far less transmіssіble, accоrdіng tо the WHO.


“If the novel coronavirus were more infectious, we would have expected to have seen a larger number of cases than we have seen since the first case was reported three months ago,” John Watson, head of the HPA’s respiratory diseases department, said in the statement. “The risk associated with the novel coronavirus to the general U.K. population remains very low”.

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