Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
14 February 2013 08:52
The latest coronavirus patient is being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
A relative of a patient from the UK who travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan and contracted a potentially fatal Sars-like virus has also been infected. Health experts revealed the new victim, also from the UK, is being treated at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The latest announcement comes after the Health Protection Agency (HPA) revealed on Monday a man was being treated in intensive care in Manchester following infection with a new form of coronavirus.
The latest victim to contract the disease, the family member, is not believed to have travelled recently and already has a condition which might mean more susceptibility to respiratory infections. Confirmed novel coronavirus infection in someone with no travel history to the Middle East suggested person-to-person transmission took place in the UK, said Professor John Watson, head of respiratory diseases at the HPA.
Such scares underline the need for travellers to take out
medical travel insurance before heading off abroad. With the new case, there are 11 confirmed cases around the world, three diagnosed in the UK, according to the HPA. UK health officials identified another case of coronavirus last year when a 49-year-old man from Qatari had to be treated at London's St Thomas' Hospital. However, health experts said the risk to the general population was still very low.
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
Tourists in Thailand are being advised to "behave respectfully" and wear "sombre" clothing as the country mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
04 October 2016
People travelling abroad is on the rise, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
08 October 2016
A hurricane pelting the coast of Florida and described as a 'monster' by a local official has brought chaos to the state, with flights cancelled, homes evacuated and theme parks shut.
07 October 2016
Low-cost airline easyJet says its profits will nosedive as terrorist attacks and air traffic control strikes are taking their toll on the company.