12 March 2013 -
The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed WHO of a new confirmed case of infection with the novel coronavirus (nCoV).
The patient, a 39-year-old male, developed symptoms on 24
February 2013. He was hospitalized on 28 February 2013 and died on 2
March 2013. Preliminary investigation indicated that the patient had no
contact with previously reported cases of nCoV infection. Other
potential exposures are under investigation.
To date, WHO has been informed of a global total of 15 confirmed cases of human infection with nCoV, including nine deaths.
Based on the current situation and available information, WHO
encourages all Member States (MS) to continue their surveillance for
severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any
unusual patterns. WHO is currently working with international experts
and countries where cases have been reported to assess the situation and
review recommendations for surveillance and monitoring.
All MS are reminded to promptly assess and notify WHO of any
new case of infection with nCoV, along with information about potential
exposures that may have resulted in infection and a description of the
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.