Monday, May 13, 2013

WHO warns that deadly novel coronavirus could be passed from person to person

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that it appears likely the novel coronavirus can be passed between people in close contact.

This comes after France confirmed a second case of a deadly new respiratory virus related to Sars, as they increased efforts to inform the public about how to avoid the illness and watch for its signs.

A hospital roommate of the 65-year-old man who initially contracted the virus tested positive for the illness. The second patient's condition has deteriorated, requiring treatment in intensive care, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said at a news conference. The minister added that the first patient is "in a stable but worrisome situation."

The virus is known to cause pneumonia and sometimes kidney failure.