A mysterious virus continues to spread across the globe. The 10th case of a SARS like virus was reported in Britain this week.
According to Reuters, the virus, known as a coronavirus, has killed five people since it was discovered last year. The British patient is currently in intensive care in Manchester.
The mysterious virus may be considered deadly but Professor John Watson said that the UK population has nothing to fear.
Watson said in a statement:
“Our assessment is that the risk associated with novel coronavirus to the general UK population remains extremely low and the risk to travelers to the Arabian Peninsula and surrounding countries remains very low … No travel restrictions are in place but people who develop severe respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath, within ten days of returning from these countries should seek medical advice and mention which countries they have visited.”
According to CBS, there is no proof that the disease can be transmitted from human to human. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease researcher, said that the disease could have been transmitted from animals like bats or camels.
Britain’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) said that there have been 10 confirmed cases of the coronavirus so far. Five people in Saudi Arabia (three died), two in Jordan (both died), two in Britain, and one in Qatar have been infected with the virus.