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Another case of coronavirus identified in UK

12th February 2013

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed the second case of a new coronavirus in the UK.


The HPA said the infection, which shares similarities to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) virus, had an "extremely low" risk of spreading to the general population.

The virus was identified in a patient being treated in intensive care at a hospital in Manchester, who had recently been abroad in Pakistan and the Middle East.

Ten people across the world have been found to have the virus and five have died (two in Jordan and three in Saudi Arabia).

Around 800 deaths from the Sars virus occurred in 2002 in more than 30 countries. The new strain of the virus was found in a patient in Saudi Arabia in September last year. 

Prof John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases department at the HPA said: "The HPA is providing advice to healthcare workers to ensure the patient under investigation is being treated appropriately and that healthcare staff who are looking after the patient are protected. Contacts of the case are also being followed up to check on their health."

However, Professor Watson said people who "developed severe respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath, within 10 days of returning from the Arabian Peninsula and surrounding regions should seek medical advice and mention the countries they have visited".


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