Mysterious virus spreads: 10th Coronavirus case seen by UK health officials

By on Feb 12, 2013 in Europe, Health, Science, World Comments

A mysterious virus spreads as the SARS-like disease has claimed its 10th known victim worldwide, according to Britain‘s Health Protection Agency (HPA) on Monday, February 11, 2013.

The latest known case of a new coronavirus was detected from a UK resident who reportedly had a recent travel to the Middle East and Pakistan.

Reports say that the patient is currently in the intensive care unit of a Manchester hospital in northern England.

HPA officials say that based on their assessment “the risk associated with novel coronavirus to the general UK population remains extremely low and the risk to travelers to the Arabian Peninsula and surrounding countries remains very low.”

The World Health Organization (WHO)said that “Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that includes viruses that may cause a range of illnesses in humans, from the common cold to SARS.” In 2003, SARS has claimed the lives of about 800 individuals worldwide. The latest coronavirus strain was only identified last year.

Symptoms of the new coronavirus include acute breathing problems, kidney failure and unexplained pneumonia.

Health officials cannot yet confirm if the virus can easily spread between humans. They however speculated that the new coronavirus were transferred by animals that include bats or camels, since all victims had links to the Middle East.

Last September 2012, the WHO revealed through an international alert that the new coronavirus may already be widespread.

As of posting, the 10 known cases of the new coronavirus were from Saudi Arabia with five, Jordan and Britain with two each, and one in Germany.

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