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Dec 21, 2012

Dec 21, 2012

WHO: Jordan cluster hints at milder coronavirus cases

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) says its recent investigation of illnesses associated with two confirmed novel coronavirus (CoV) infections in Jordan suggests that some cases can be relatively mild and that investigators are now more suspicious that the cluster involved person-to-person transmission.

Dec 11, 2012

Dec 11, 2012

New coronavirus can infect cells from multiple species

(CIDRAP News) – Experiments on the novel coronavirus that has infected patients from three Middle Eastern countries show that the receptor it uses to infect human cells is different from the one used by its relative the SARS virus and that it can infect cells from a range of animals, according to a study released today.

Dec 10, 2012

Dec 10, 2012

ECDC updates risk assessment for novel coronavirus

(CIDRAP News) – The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today announced an update of its risk assessment on novel coronavirus, which takes into account the possibility of human-to-human spread, the wider geographic area where infections occurred, and risks the virus may pose to healthcare workers.

Dec 03, 2012

Dec 03, 2012

Jordan calls novel coronavirus cases isolated

(CIDRAP News) – Following the recent retrospective confirmation of two fatal infections with a novel coronavirus (CoV) in Jordan, the Jordanian health ministry said no more such cases have surfaced in the country since April, according to media reports.

Nov 30, 2012

Nov 30, 2012

Two Jordan cases in April shift novel coronavirus picture

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that two cases of novel coronavirus (CoV) infection occurred as part of a cluster of hospital respiratory infections in Jordan back in April. Besides adding one more to the list of affected countries, the announcement signaled that the virus emerged 2 months earlier than previously thought and increased the likelihood that it can spread from person to person.

Nov 29, 2012

Nov 29, 2012

WHO cites 7th coronavirus case, gives surveillance guidance

(CIDRAP News) – A third case in a family cluster of novel coronavirus infections has been confirmed, raising the global case count to seven, and the fourth illness in the family is now listed as a probable case, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced.

Oct 04, 2012

Oct 04, 2012

UK experts share new details on novel coronavirus case

Clinicians and scientists in the United Kingdom who are treating a Qatari man infected with a novel coronavirus issued new reports on their investigations today, with fresh details such as that the man had indirect exposure to camels and sheep in his home country.

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