The United Kingdom public health response to an imported laboratory confirmed case of a novel coronavirus in September 2012

Euro Surveill. 2012 Oct 4;17(40):20292.


On 22 September 2012, a novel coronavirus, very closely related to that from a fatal case in Saudi Arabia three months previously, was detected in a previously well adult transferred to intensive care in London from Qatar with severe respiratory illness. Strict respiratory isolation was instituted. Ten days after last exposure, none of 64 close contacts had developed severe disease, with 13 of 64 reporting mild respiratory symptoms. The novel coronavirus was not detected in 10 of 10 symptomatic contacts tested.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques*
  • Coronavirus / isolation & purification*
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology
  • Humans
  • London
  • Male
  • Public Health Practice*
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / virology
  • Travel*
  • United Kingdom