TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

U.K. publishes results of novel coronavirus investigation

A newly issued report details the findings of an investigation into a family cluster of novel coronavirus infections in the United Kingdom.

The report, recently published in the journal Eurosurveillance, indicates the infections indicate some qualities similar to the SARS virus, but with a wider disease spectrum among notable differences, according to CIDRAP News.

The three-patient cluster in Great Britain is the first fully documented and published analysis of the novel illness, although earlier cases were spotted among the staff of a hospital in Jordan and a family in Saudi Arabia.

The U.K. Health Protection Agency lead the investigation and determined the index patient to be a 60-year-old man who became ill shortly before returning to the United Kingdom from a trip to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The man is currently hospitalized and on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. He was also co-infected with 2009 H1N1 influenza, CIDRAP News reports.

The other cases include a 38-year-old male household contact of a man who died from a severe novel coronavirus infection in February and a 30-year-old woman and family member who lived in a different house from the index patient. She fell ill with a milder form of the illness after visiting him three times in the hospital. Neither of the two other patients had recently traveled.

An investigation into the cluster's contacts, including those who sat near him on airplane flights, has yet to reveal additional cases.