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The United Kingdom Public Health Response to an Imported Laboratory Confirmed case of a Novel Coronavirus in September 2012

Pebody, R.G., Chand, M.A., Thomas, H.L., et al. (2012). The United Kingdom Public Health Response to an Imported Laboratory Confirmed case of a Novel Coronavirus in September 2012. EuroSurveillance. 17(40):20292.

The authors found that rapid institution of infection control measures can prevent acquisition of MERS-CoV in healthcare settings. They share a case study and highlight that strict respiratory isolation was instituted with a severely ill patient. Ten days after last exposure, none of 64 close contacts had developed severe disease (13 of64 reported mild respiratory symptoms). The novel coronavirus was not detected in 10 of 10 symptomatic contacts tested.
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