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Nov 26, 2012

Nov 26, 2012

Latest coronavirus cases prompt WHO call for vigilance

(CIDRAP News) – The reporting of four more novel coronavirus infections in recent weeks, raising the total to six, has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to suggest that governments consider a major escalation of testing for the virus, a potentially burdensome undertaking.

Dec 07, 2012

Dec 07, 2012

European labs use novel coronavirus tests, devise new ones

(CIDRAP News) – Diagnostic tests for the novel coronavirus (CoV) that recently emerged in the Middle East are being deployed rapidly in Europe, and about 250 patients have already been tested for the virus, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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 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.

Feb 11, 2013

Feb 11, 2013

Novel coronavirus case in UK raises global total to 10

(CIDRAP News) – A 60-year-old British man is under intensive care in a UK hospital for both a novel coronavirus (CoV) infection and influenza, marking the 10th known illness caused by the novel virus, European and British authorities reported today.

Feb 13, 2013

Feb 13, 2013

Britain reports novel coronavirus family cluster

(CIDRAP News) – A male family member of a British man hospitalized with a novel coronavirus (CoV) infection has also been hospitalized with the same virus, pointing to another instance of human-to-human spread, UK and international health authorities reported today.

Feb 21, 2013

Feb 21, 2013

WHO confirms 13th novel coronavirus case

(CIDRAP News) – A patient from Saudi Arabia died from a novel coronavirus (NCoV) infection, becoming the world's 13th case and seventh death, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

Mar 25, 2013

Mar 25, 2013

Germany, Saudi Arabia report new novel coronavirus cases

(CIDRAP News) – The German media and Saudi Arabia's health ministry have reported two new novel coronavirus (NCoV) cases, one in a patient hospitalized in Munich and the other a mild illness in a Saudi Arabian resident.

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