Saudi Gazette runs a brief report from Reuters on the World Health Organization’s finding that the Novel Coronavirus that has killed eighteen people is indeed transmissible, person-to-person. Last week’s finding that several deaths in Saudi Arabia were due to the contamination of dialysis equipment appears to be a distraction. A new case in France suggests a human vector as a patient sharing a hospital room with another who carried the virus did indeed acquire it.

So far, the disease is still demonstrating low transmissibility, but high mortality rates.

New coronavirus can probably can be passed person to person: WHO

RIYADH — The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday it appeared likely that the novel coronavirus, which has killed 18 people in Saudi Arabia and Europe, could be passed from person to person.

WHO Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda, speaking after a visit to Saudi Arabia, told reporters in Riyadh: “Of most concern is the fact that the different clusters seen in multiple countries increasingly support the hypothesis that when there is close contact, this novel coronavirus can transmit from person to person.” — Reuters

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    Lola Said:
    May:12:2013 - 11:55

    HOFUF, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – On the third day after his father’s death from a respiratory infection, Hussein al-Sheikh began to feel feverish.

    Shortly afterwards, says the 27-year-old Saudi, “I was almost dead”.

    Hussein, who had often visited his father’s bedside in his last days, was admitted to intensive care in a hospital in Dhahran, in the Eastern Province oil heartland of Saudi Arabia.

    Then his brother, Abdullah, and later his sister, Hanan, fell ill, obtaining treatment in hospitals in the nearby oasis district of al-Ahsa.


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