[This will be located on the right side-bar under Coronavirus, for future reference]
29 September 2012 -
WHO has continued to monitor the situation. No additional
confirmed cases have been reported and there is no evidence so far of
person to person transmission of the novel coronavirus.
In order to ensure an appropriate and effective identification
and investigation of patients who may be infected with the virus,
without overburdening health care systems with unnecessary testing, a
revised interim case definition has been issued by WHO (see related
links to right of this page). It should be noted that this case
definition was developed based on data from two confirmed cases and as
such some degree of clinical judgment is required where individual cases
WHO has been cooperating closely with the laboratories which
were responsible for the confirmation of the presence of the novel
coronavirus in the two confirmed cases. These laboratories have been
working on the development of diagnostic reagents and protocols which
can be provided to laboratories that are not in a position to develop
their own, and these are now available. WHO is now seeking to broaden
the number of laboratories that will be able to assist Member States
with the detection or confirmation of this novel virus.
WHO has received offers of support from a number of major
public health institutions around the world to assist with testing,
should the need arise. The complete nucleic acid sequence of the virus
has been uploaded to Genbank and the testing protocol, utilizing
real-time PCR, has been published.
WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with
regard to this event nor does it recommend that any travel or trade
restrictions are applied.
WHO continues to inform its Member States through the
designated National Focal Points under the International Health