Meanwhile there is a MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) initially named Novel Corona Virus (nCoV) that has been affecting Gulf Countries and has also spread to UK and France.
Update: June 03-2013
Has spread to Italy, 3 cases detected
The Center For Disease Control (CDC) reports
From April 2012 to May 2013, a total of 33 people from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and France were confirmed to have an infection caused by the novel coronavirus.Update June 1st
Symptoms of novel coronavirus infection?
- Saudi Arabia: 24 people; 13 of them died
- Qatar: 2 people; both survived
- Jordan: 2 people; both died
- UK: 3 people; 2 died, 1 recovered
- UAE: 1 person; died
- France: 1 person, receiving treatment
Most people who got infected with the novel coronavirus developed severe acute respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Only two people experienced a mild respiratory illness
Of the 50 people who contacted the disease 30 died.
The authors of the study estimated the incubation period at 9-12 days, a long time in which infected people could spread the disease without realizing that they are ill. It still isn’t certain at what stage people carrying the virus are most contagious, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Another concern is that the virus is difficult to identify. Yet doctors could not confirm the presence of the MERS virus in the youngest of the patients, and were not able to confirm it in the two who died until after they passed away.
For more information, see the World Health Organization (WHO).