This Central Alerting System alert offers a Department of Health update on the global situation regarding human infection with novel coronavirus. Healthcare professionals are advised to remain vigilant. From September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 40 laboratory confirmed cases of human infection with nCoV, including 20 deaths. Cases have been reported originating from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and the UK. Two clusters of severe human cases of the infection were reported this month.
“Clinical enquiries about potential cases of severe respiratory infection in people who have recently visited affected country, should be directed to the local infectious disease physician or microbiologist who can arrange testing through the Regional Public Health England (PHE) laboratory”. (pp.2-3)
Update on novel coronavirus infection. London: Department of Health, May 17th 2013. Annex: Global situation on novel coronavirus infection (nCov).
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