Published On: Tue, Feb 12th, 2013

New case of novel coronavirus in the UK: Additional details

In a follow up to a report yesterday about the 10th case of novel coronavirus (NCoV) in the United Kingdom, the European Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) offered more information about the case in an Epidemiological Update yesterday.

An example of a coronavirus-this one infects poultry Credits:   CDC

An example of a coronavirus-this one infects poultry
Credits: CDC

The infection is confirmed in 60-year-old male, a UK resident, who became ill on 24 January 2013 and was admitted to hospital in England, with a severe lower respiratory tract disease on 31 January.

According to the update, in the 10 days before his illness onset, the patient had visited both Pakistan (from 16 December 2012 to 20 January 2013) and Saudi Arabia (from 20 to 28 January 2013). After hospital admission, his condition deteriorated and he was transferred for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment on 5 February. He remains severely ill in intensive care.

The patient has tested positive not only for NCoV, but also influenza A H1N1pdm09.

The ECDC concluded that the patient fell ill 4 days after entering Saudi Arabia, but the  exposure could have happened while in Pakistan or in Saudi Arabia.

Of the previous nine cases, five ended in death. All nine previous cases identified were reported as having some link with the Arabian Peninsula: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (5), Qatar (2) and Jordan (2).

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