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Tags: virus | saudi arabia | europe | sars

World Health Official: New Virus Likely Spread Through Human Contact

Sunday, 12 May 2013 10:01 AM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The World Health Organization said on Sunday it appeared likely that the novel coronavirus, which has killed 18 people in Saudi Arabia and Europe, could be passed from person to person.

WHO Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda, speaking after a visit to Saudi Arabia, told reporters in Riyadh: "Of most concern is 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."

A second diagnosis of the new SARS-like coronavirus has been confirmed in France, the Health Ministry said on Sunday, in what appeared to be a case of human-to-human transmission.
 
The new infection was found in a 50-year-old man who had shared a hospital room with France's only other known sufferer, the ministry said in a statement.
 
Health experts are concerned about clusters of the new coronavirus strain, nCoV, which was first spotted in the Gulf and has spread to France, Britain and Germany. Coronavirus is from the same viral family as triggered the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that swept the world from Asia in late 2003,
 
There has so far been little evidence of direct and sustained human-to-human transmission of nCoV, in contrast to the pattern seen in the SARS virus, which killed 775 people.
 
The first nCoV case in France, confirmed on May 8, is a 65-year-old man who fell ill after returning from Dubai late last month.

World Health Organization experts and local officials visited a Saudi hospital where the SARS-like coronavirus has spread, killing seven people, last week.

The Saudi patients appeared to have been infected in hospital with some family members also falling ill, WHO officials said.

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The World Health Organization said on Sunday it appeared likely that the novel coronavirus, which has killed 18 people in Saudi Arabia and Europe, could be passed from person to person.
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