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Sep 25, 2012

Sep 25, 2012

UK agency picks name for new coronavirus isolate

(CIDRAP News) – As the investigation of two severe illnesses associated with a novel coronavirus continued today, the United Kingdom's Health Protection Agency (HPA) released a preliminary phylogenetic tree for the virus and tentatively named it "London1_novel CoV 2012."

Sep 26, 2012

Sep 26, 2012

Some details emerge on coronavirus cases, but many gaps remain

(CIDRAP News) – A European report has filled in some details about the two severe illnesses linked to a novel coronavirus, but most of the major questions, such as where it came from and how it spreads, remained unanswered today.

Sep 28, 2012

Sep 28, 2012

Scientists sequence new coronavirus, develop diagnostic tests

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers from the Erasmus University lab that first identified the novel coronavirus implicated in two severe infections have published its full genome sequence, which they and other European scientists used to develop two assays to help confirm any future infections.

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.

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 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.

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.

Apr 14, 2014

Apr 14, 2014

News Scan for Apr 14, 2014

E coli levels in US
MERS virus in camels
Hepatitis A outbreak in Europe

Apr 25, 2014

Apr 25, 2014
Micrograph of MERS virus

21 MERS cases cited in Mideast; ECDC expects more in Europe

Some have theorized about changes in the virus, but preliminary data show no mutations so far.

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