The Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality has reported the detection of the first imported case in Spain with positive laboratory results for human infection similar to the new coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which caused more than one hundred infections in the Middle East.
The patient, who was admitted on November 1, remains in a favorable and stable, but the samples analyzed in the National Microbiology Center have tested positive to the new coronavirus infection.
Both the Ministry and the Community of Madrid are proceeding to identify all close contacts of the patient, as recommended in the procedures agreed at national and international level.
However, he insists, "an imported case in which all these measures have been established, no risk to public health in Spain".
Following the provisions of the International Health Regulations, the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European rapid alert network (EWRS), with which it maintains close monitoring of the situation, together with the Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid.
This new coronavirus was identified last year in Saudi Arabia, where they have notified 125 of the 150 cases confirmed to date by WHO.
The remaining cases have been reported in five countries in the Middle East (Saudi, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman), while in Europe all reported cases are imported from that area. In particular, there have been cases in the UK (2), Germany (2), France (1) and Italy (1).
Most people affected by this respiratory virus acute respiratory disease presents with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.