WHO informed of another confirmed case of novel coronavirusListen /
The World Health Organization (WHO) says it has been informed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in France of an additional laboratory-confirmed case with infection of the novel coronavirus (NCoV).
WHO says this patient was identified as part of the epidemiological investigation initiated by the French authorities, following laboratory confirmation of the first case on 7 May 2013. The patient is reported to have shared a hospital room in Valenciennes with the first laboratory-confirmed patient from 27 to 29 April 2013. The patient is currently hospitalized and isolated in an infectious disease hospital.
Meanwhile in Saudi Arabia, an investigation is ongoing into an outbreak in a health care facility, where 15 patients, including seven deaths have been confirmed.
From September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a global total of 34 laboratory confirmed cases of human infection with novel coronavirus, including 18 deaths.
Based on the current situation and available information, WHO is encouraging all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns.
Health care providers are advised to be vigilant among recent travelers returning from areas affected by the virus who develop severe SARI. Specimens from patients' lower respiratory tracts should be obtained for diagnosis where possible.
All Member States are reminded to promptly assess and notify WHO of any new case of infection with novel coronavirus, along with information about potential exposures that may have resulted in infection and a description of the clinical course.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.