Thursday, February 21, 2013

Branswell: Possible 4th NCoV Case In UK Cluster


Coronavirus – Credit CDC PHIL


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The `must read’ story of the morning comes from the inimitable Helen Branswell of the Canadian Press, who has details on a 4th – possible - novel coronavirus case in the UK family cluster.


This fourth case experienced a brief mild respiratory illness after exposure to an infected patient - but was not tested until after she recovered - and so the cause of her illness has not been established.


Since no one reports better than Helen, I’ll simply step aside and invite you to read:


There may have been a fourth case in UK coronavirus family cluster: WHO

Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press February 21, 2013 4:00 am

TORONTO – The current cluster of novel coronavirus cases in Britain may have included another infection, a World Health Organization official says.


To date, three members of an extended family have tested positive for the new virus, which is a cousin of the SARS coronavirus. One of the three died earlier this week.

(Continue . . .)



As this article points out, the detection of `mild’ cases is a `mixed blessing’. No one wants NCoV to be a devastatingly pathogenic virus, but on the other hand, mild cases are more apt to go undiagnosed, which may aid it its spread.


Recent blogs on this novel coronavirus include:


HPA Update On UK Family NCoV Cluster


ECDC Updated Risk Assessment On NCoV


mBio: NCoV Affinity For & Replication In Human Epithelial Cells

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