alexa SARS-like virus in the Middle East: a truly bat-related coronavirus causing human diseases
Microbiology

Microbiology

Clinical Microbiology: Open Access

Author(s): Guangwen Lu, Di Liu

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On September 23rd, the United Kingdom Health Protection Agency (HPA) reported the diagnostic confirmation of a human infection case by a new type of coronavirus (http://www.hpa.org.uk/NewsCentre/NationalPressReleases/ 2012PressReleases/120923acuterespiratoryillnessidentified/). The patient is a 49-year-old Qatari who suffered from an acute, serious respiratory illness. The record shows that the man had been in a travel visit to the country of Saudi Arabia, where an Arabic victim of a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus was reported several months ago (http://www.promedmail.org/direct.php?id=20120920.1302733). Laboratory tests showed that the identified viruses from these two patients are genetically the same (http://www.hpa.org.uk/webw/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/ HPAweb_C/1317136202755). The infection was reported to first manifest clinically with fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, and then combine with an acute renal failure. The Arabic patient died subsequently, and the Qatari is currently under medical treatment in a London hospital. These symptoms are very similar to those caused by the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV), which infected over 8000 people with more than 800 death worldwide in the 2003 pandemic (http://www.who.int/csr/sars/country/2003_08_15/en/index.ht ml). As people are worrying about the reemergence of SARS, two cases of novel coronavirus infection instantly draw worldwide attention as to potential pandemics in future.

This article was published in Protein Cell and referenced in Clinical Microbiology: Open Access

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