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16 February 2013 -
The United Kingdom (UK) has informed WHO of another confirmed
case of infection with the novel coronavirus (NCoV). This is the third
case confirmed in the country this month and is in the same family
cluster as the two recently confirmed cases.
The latest confirmed case does not have recent travel history
outside the UK. The case is recovering from mild respiratory illness
and is currently well.
The confirmation with NCoV in this case with no recent travel
history indicates that infection was acquired in the UK. Although this
new case offers further indications of person-to-person transmission, no
sustained person-to-person transmission has been identified.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is following up on all
close contacts who may have been exposed to the recently confirmed
As of 16 February 2013, WHO has been informed of a total of 12
confirmed cases of human infection with NCoV, including five deaths.
Based on the current situation and available information, WHO
encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe
acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual
patterns. Testing for the new coronavirus should be considered in
patients with unexplained pneumonias, or in patients with unexplained
severe, progressive or complicated respiratory illness not responding to
Any clusters of SARI or SARI in healthcare workers should be
thoroughly investigated, regardless of where in the world they occur.
New cases and clusters of the NCoV should be reported promptly both to national health authorities and to WHO.
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 be applied.
WHO continues to closely monitor the situation.