Home > Medical > Cold and flu infection > News 12 February 2013 New Sars-like virus infects British patient A new virus from the same family as Sars that sparked a global alert last September has been found in a further patient in Britain, health officials said on Monday. 0 Pin It Ask CyberDoc » Test Do you need vitamin C? » Join Body Talk » Quiz Addicted to pills? » No Flu for you 10 foods to boost your immune system A new virus from the same family as Sars that sparked a global alert last September has been found in a further patient in Britain, health officials said on Monday.This latest case of infection with the new virus known as a coronavirus brings the total number of confirmed cases globally to 10, of which five have died.The British patient, who had recently traveled to the Middle East and Pakistan, is receiving intensive care treatment in hospital in Manchester, northern England.Symptoms of Sars in new virusThe new virus shares some of the symptoms of Sars, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome - a coronavirus that emerged in China in 2002 and killed about a tenth of the 8 000 people it infected worldwide. The symptoms include severe respiratory illness, fever, coughing and breathing difficulties.The virus was identified when the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued an international alert in September 2012 saying a virus previously unknown in humans had infected a Qatari man who had recently been in Saudi Arabia. Britain's Health Protection Agency (HPA) said among the 10 laboratory confirmed cases to date, five had been in Saudi Arabia, with three deaths; two were in Jordan, where both patients died; two were in Britain, where both are receiving treatment; and one was in Germany in a patient from Qatar who had since been discharged from medical care.Importance of healthcare staff The agency said in a statement on Monday it was providing advice to ensure the latest British patient was treated appropriately and healthcare staff were protected. People who have had contact with the patient are also being tracked to check on their health."Our assessment is that the risk associated with novel coronavirus to the general UK population remains extremely low and the risk to travelers to the Arabian Peninsula and surrounding countries remains very low," the HPA said. Coronaviruses are typically spread like other respiratory infections, such as flu, traveling in airborne droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.The WHO said in September that from its initial investigations, it appeared this virus did not spread easily from person to person. Reuters More in Medical H1N1 death toll much higher than WHO count More: Cold and flu infectionNews advertisement Get a quote Bestmed - offering you quality healthcare and freedom of choice Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare Medihelp - quality, affordable medical scheme cover advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Lifestyle Kids' movies send mixed messages Mental health Depression may be a result of concussion Lifestyle Firms cash in on your flexi-time Lifestyle Poor dental health may affect thinking Lifestyle Cords from blinds may strangle kids Medical US state laws can help curb binge drinking From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life. Live healthier Grief » Phases of grief Culture and grief Grieving in holidays How do you deal with grief? There is no right way of coping with death. The way a person grieves depends on the personality of that person and the relationship with the person who has died. Weight loss » Healthy snacking Weight and heart Texting and weight 10 tips to lose weight Need to shed some weight? Get rid of those extra kilos for good with these 10 expert weight loss tips, compiled by Health24's DietDoc, Dr Ingrid van Heerden.