Patient with new strain of coronavirus is treated in intensive care at London hospital

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 24 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6455
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1 London

A new strain of coronavirus that causes acute serious respiratory illness has been confirmed in a patient in Britain.

The man, a 49 year old from Qatar who had recently travelled to Saudi Arabia, is currently receiving intensive care in a London hospital. The virus is genetically the same as one recently isolated by Dutch researchers in a patient from Saudi Arabia who later died. These are the only two confirmed cases of the strain anywhere in the world.

There is a variety of coronaviruses, which include the viruses that cause the common cold and severe acute respiratory syndrome. SARS, first identified in China in 2003, killed around 750 people globally before being brought under control.

The …

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