06 May 2013, BioSpectrum Bureau , BioSpectrum
Singapore: Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health has seven new laboratory confirmed cases of infection dealing with the novel coronavirus (nCoV), including five deaths. The government is conducting ongoing investigation into the outbreak.
Preliminary investigation show no indication of recent travel or animal contact of any of the confirmed cases. The confirmed cases are not from the same family. From September 2012-to-date, the WHO has been informed of a global total of 24 laboratory confirmed cases of human infection with nCoV, including 16 deaths.
Based on the current situation and available information, the WHO encourages all member states (MS) to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns. The WHO is currently working with international experts and countries where cases have been reported to assess the situation and review recommendations for surveillance and monitoring.
All MS are reminded to promptly assess and notify the WHO of any new case of infection with nCoV, along with information about potential exposures that may have resulted in infection and a description of the clinical course.
The WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event nor does it recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied.