New SARS-Like Virus Can Spread Person-to-Person
But doctors say coronavirus not dangerously infectious
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2013 9:58 AM CST
Doctors have confirmed the first case of known human-to-human spread of a deadly new respiratory virus in Britain.   (robknows100)

(Newser) – Evidence is mounting that a new SARS-like virus identified in September may be capable of spreading in a person-to-person fashion, reports Reuters. The novel coronavirus, or NCoV, has now infected 11 people worldwide, killing five of them. Ten of those people had traveled to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, or Pakistan, but the 11th, a UK resident, has no such travel history; however, he did come in close contact with a patient, and has a medical condition that could have upped his risk of infection, reports the AP.

Though person-to-person transmission is troubling, the World Health Organization says the risk of infection remains relatively low, and it is not recommending travel restrictions or border screening. "If novel coronavirus were more infectious, we would have expected to have seen a larger number of cases than we have seen since the first case was reported," adds a British health official. The new coronavirus is most closely related to a bat virus, and scientists are considering whether bats or other animals like goats or camels are a possible source of infection.

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slpcindy
Feb 14, 2013 3:06 AM CST
This is quite interesting. In early Sept. of 1981 we had a scottish terrier pup who was 16 weeks old and died of coronavirus. She had taken ill on a Thursday and she passed on Sunday. We had taken her to our local vet on Thur. and since she had her parvovirus injection already, it was thought that it was impossible for her to have parvo, although this acted like it. The local vet gave her an injection (antibiotics I think) and she seemed better on Friday, so we packed her up and went to my mom's home in another city. Early on Sat. morning, the pup began vomiting blood and had runny stools, so we took her to my mom's vet (who was a saint...thank you Dr. Shew) who looked at her and I think gave her another injection, talked with us on the phone (day and night) and we were on the way to the vets Sun. am (he was going to put her on IV's) and she died in my arms on the way,....almost to the vets. :( Dr. Shew sent a biopsy or her body to Purdue University to see what had happened to her. He found out from Purdue that it was corona virus, and Dr. Shew told me that they had never seen corona virus in dogs, only in cows. Our pup had only been with another pup in our front yard for about 5 to 10 minutes one day (it was a littermate of hers who neighbors had bought and I found out that it passed too although no other pups in the litter were affected) so we had to conclude that it must have caught it from the other pup or something in our environment as we lived in edge of our city, and not near any cattle. So, about 27 hours after she began vomiting, she was dead,....the events of this day are forever etched in my mind. I know that this article calls it "novel coronavirus" so not sure how it relates to what our pup had, but if our experience is any indication of what it would be in the human population, it was a swift killer. This article indicates that it was discovered in Sept of 2012. Eleven patients have contracted it and 5 have passed, so not a good outcome if you happen to come in contact with it. I for one, will be watching for more news concerning this "novel coronavirus". RIP our "little Megan",....by passing from this disease, you helped to find a vaccine to help other dogs,.....but you are forever loved and missed:).
Tscare333
Feb 14, 2013 2:55 AM CST
10infections/5 deaths,that's quite shocking. esp when such infections happen in countries like Saudi arabia and qatar which have acceptable standards of medical care.
$28919642
Feb 13, 2013 11:05 AM CST
Pffft! 11 cases in the whole world? I'm not sweating.