Back in September 2012, medical researchers managed to pin down a new SARS-like virus, which they decided to name the coronavirus. Apparently, said virus has now spread to the United Kingdom.
Thus, the news has broken that the 10th case of coronavirus known to the medical community has been reported in the UK, and that the patient presently finds himself in intensive care in a hospital in Manchester.
“The Health Protection Agency (HPA) can confirm the diagnosis of a further case of novel coronavirus infection in a UK resident, who had recently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan. The patient is receiving intensive care treatment in a Manchester hospital,” reads the official website for UK's Health Protection Agency.
Interestingly enough, one other case of coronavirus was reported in the United Kingdom not very long ago.
As the Health Protection Agency explains, “This latest case brings the total number of confirmed cases globally to 10, of which two have been diagnosed in the UK.”
Since its first being discovered and up until nowadays, the coronavirus has killed a total of five individuals. Three of these deaths occurred in Saudi Arabia, while the other two were reported in Jordan.
Still, some specialists maintain that the people living in the United Kingdom must not be too worried about its showing up in this country.
According to The Inquisitr, professor John Watson wished to make it as clear as possible that, “Our assessment is that the risk associated with novel coronavirus to the general UK population remains extremely low and the risk to travelers to the Arabian Peninsula and surrounding countries remains very low.”
“No travel restrictions are in place but people who develop severe respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath, within ten days of returning from these countries should seek medical advice and mention which countries they have visited,” professor John Watson went on to add.
For the time being, medical researchers are still unable to say whether or not the coronavirus can be transmitted from one individual to another.
However, an infectious disease researcher named Michael Osterhold is quite sure that, all things considered, animals such as camels and bats are the most likely to be the source of this disease.
Those affected by this virus more often than not display symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulties when it comes to breathing.