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A relative of a UK patient who recently contracted a potentially fatal Sars-like virus has also become infected with the disease, health experts said.
The latest case brings the number of confirmed cases across the world to 11, three of which were diagnosed in the UK, the HPA said.
On Monday, the Health Protection Agency said one person who had recently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan was being treated in an intensive care unit at Whythenshawe hospital in Greater Manchester after becoming infected with a new type of coronavirus.
Officials confirmed that a relative of the patient, also a UK resident, has become infected and is being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
It's understood that the family member, has an existing medical condition that might make them more susceptible to respiratory infections.
The Health Protection Agency has confirmed a middle-aged man is being treated at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester with a potentially fatal sars-like virus.
The UK resident returned from Saudi Arabia at the end of last month before falling ill on January 31st.
He was transferred to Wythenshawe at some point in the last few days after being infected with a new type of coronavirus.
The latest case of the condition is only the second confirmed in the UK, and the tenth worldwide. All those that have contracted the disease had recently visited the Middle East.
The HPA says there the man's family is showing no symptoms of the virus, and confirmed there is so far no evidence to suggest it can be passed from person-to-person.
Five of the ten people that have being diagnosed with coronavirus have died.
A UK resident has contracted a potentially fatal Sars-like virus, health experts have confirmed.
The person, who has recently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan, is being treated in an intensive care unit at a Manchester hospital after becoming infected with a new type of coronavirus, the Health Protection Agency said.
The latest case brings the total number of confirmed cases across the world to 10.