New Sars-like virus infects British patient in 10th case
LONDON (REUTERS) - A new virus from the same family as Sars that sparked a global alert last September has been found in a further patient in Britain, health officials said on Monday.
This latest case of infection with the new virus known as a coronavirus brings the total number of confirmed cases globally to 10, of which five have died.
The British patient, who recently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan, is receiving intensive care treatment in hospital in Manchester, northern England.
The new virus shares some of the symptoms of Sars, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome - a coronavirus that emerged in China in 2002 and killed about a tenth of the 8,000 people it infected worldwide. The symptoms include severe respiratory illness, fever, coughing and breathing difficulties.