Third family member contracts virus

19 February 2013 09:38

The first patient identified with the new respiratory illness was flown in from Qatar for treatment

The first patient identified with the new respiratory illness was flown in from Qatar for treatment

A third member of a family in the UK has been infected with a new respiratory illness similar to the deadly Sars virus - the fourth case identified in Britain. The first case was in a patient flown in from Qatar for treatment, while the second was linked to travel to the Middle East and Pakistan.

The news strengthens evidence that the virus can spread between people, although experts maintain the risk to the general population is small. Five of the 12 people confirmed to have the virus have died.

The virus is believed to have spread from the second patient to his son and another family member. However, the latest case appears to be a milder form of the infection, which is thought to come from contact with animals. Living with a medical condition can make it hard to travel abroad, but if doing so make sure you take out adequate medical travel insurance to give you peace of mind on your trip.

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