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Deadly novel coronavirus could be transmitted person to person

Published on 13/05/2013

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a warning that the novel coronavirus is likely to be able to be passed from people in close contact.

The SARS virus that started in Asia killed 800 people

France has confirmed a second case of the respiratory disease as efforts to increase awareness and avoid the illness have been increased. The virus can lead to pneumonia and in some cases kidney failure.

According to reports 18 people have died from the virus following over 30 confirmed cases across the Middle East and Europe since 2012.

The virus causes respiratory infections in both animals and humans and is in the same family as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that originated in 2003 in Asia. Although the WHO said that the two are distinct from each other.

The WHO said on Sunday: “The fact that the different clusters seen in multiple countries increasingly support the hypothesis that when there is close contact this novel coronavirus can transmit from person to person.”

The SARS virus, which emerged in 2003, killed around 800 people in a global epidemic that began in Asia.

The second case in France was a 50-year-old man who shared the same hospital room as another elderly gentlemen suffering from the virus following a trip to Dubai. Following their interaction the 50-year-old has tested positive with the virus.

The patients were sharing a room for a few days in April at the hospital in Valenciennes before being moved to the Lille Hospital in northern France.

Two cases have been reported in the UK and one fatality was recorded in Birmingham, England.

The worst affected area, Saudi Arabia, has said there have been 15 deaths from the 24 reported cases diagnosed since last summer.

Some health insurance policies can give you access to your own private hospital room should you fall ill reducing the risk of MRSA superbugs and the novel coronavirus.

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