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May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013

Italy resident has MERS after trip to Jordan

(CIDRAP News) – Italy announced its first Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case today, in a man who recently spent time in Jordan, site of the first known MERS illnesses, according to media reports.

May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

Coronavirus cases, deaths reported in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia

(CIDRAP News) – A media report today said the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has reached Tunisia, killing one man and infecting two of his relatives, while Saudi Arabia has reported another death and a new case since May 17.

May 13, 2013

May 13, 2013

Evidence for close-contact spread of coronavirus grows

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said the growing number of clusters of novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases offers increasing evidence that the virus can spread between people in close contact, as France confirmed the infection in a patient who shared a hospital room with the country's first case-patient.

May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

Count of suspected coronavirus cases in France reaches 3

(CIDRAP News) – A nurse who worked at a hospital that cared for a Frenchman who is sick with a novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection may now have the virus herself, becoming the third person possibly infected in connection with the case, according to news services.

May 08, 2013

May 08, 2013

WHO voices coronavirus concern; France has first case

(CIDRAP News) – France reported its first case of novel coronavirus (nCoV) illness today, while the World Health Organization (WHO) voiced concern over the cluster of 13 recent cases in Saudi Arabia, saying answers to the virus's many mysteries are urgently needed.

May 06, 2013

May 06, 2013

Saudis cite health facility as coronavirus cluster grows

(CIDRAP News) – Three new cases yesterday, with two deaths, increased a cluster of novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases in eastern Saudi Arabia to 13, and authorities confirmed that the illnesses are associated with a healthcare facility.

May 03, 2013

May 03, 2013

Three more Saudi coronavirus cases raise worries

Saudi Arabian officials and the World Health Organization (WHO) reported three more novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases today in the same area of Saudi Arabia as seven cases reported yesterday, raising worries about possible person-to-person transmission.

May 02, 2013

May 02, 2013

Saudi Arabia reports 7 novel coronavirus cases

Saudi Arabia's health ministry has reported that five Saudis have died of novel coronavirus (nCoV) infections in the past few days, and two more case-patients are in intensive care, according to World Health Organization (WHO) and news media reports today.

Mar 14, 2013

Mar 14, 2013

UK officials detail novel coronavirus cluster findings

(CIDRAP News) – Investigation findings on a family cluster of novel coronavirus (NCoV) infections in Britain indicate some SARS-like qualities but a wider disease spectrum and other differences, according to a report today in Eurosurveillance.

Though earlier clusters were reported among hospital staff in Jordan and a family in Saudi Arabia, Britain's three-patient cluster is the first to be fully documented and published.

Mar 14, 2013

Human cell receptor for novel coronavirus discovered

(CIDRAP News) – Scientists reported yesterday that they have found the protein handle on human cell membranes that a recently identified coronavirus uses to latch onto the cells, a discovery that may open the way to drugs or vaccines to block the often-fatal infection and also may shed light on how the virus crosses species barriers.

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