New coronavirus could spread person to person, says WHO
May 13 , 2013
The World Health Organization (WHO) has voiced concerns over the spreading of the new coronavirus (NCoV) between people in close contact.
The development comes after French officials confirmed that a second man had contracted the virus in a possible case of human-to-human transmission.
In addition, two people are also believed to have died from the virus in Saudi Arabia.
According to WHO, NCoV can cause pneumonia and even kidney failure.
Since last year, there have been 33 confirmed cases across Europe, including Germany, the U.K. and France, and the Middle East, out of which 18 people died.
In a statement released on Sunday, the WHO said: "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.”
"This pattern of person-to-person transmission has remained limited to some small clusters and so far, there is no evidence to suggest the virus has the capacity to sustain generalized transmission in communities," the statement added.
Coronavirus stems from the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which caused an outbreak in Asia in 2003.