Two more cases of novel coronavirus are confirmed in UK

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 14 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1030
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A further two cases of novel coronavirus infection have been confirmed in the United Kingdom, bringing the global total to 11, with three cases diagnosed in the UK.

The Health Protection Agency said there is now strong evidence of transmission from patient to patient, although the risk of infection is still considered to be very low.

Coronaviruses are causes of the common cold but can also include more severe illness such as severe acute respiratory syndrome. The new strain was first identified in September 2012 in a patient who died from a severe respiratory infection in June 2012. So far the infection has resulted in three deaths in Saudi Arabia and two in Jordan.

In September last year the Health Protection Agency confirmed a case in the UK in a man from Qatar who had recently travelled …

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