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02/21/2013

Another death from novel coronavirus

This just in from the World Health Organization:

"The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed WHO of another confirmed case of infection with the novel coronavirus (NCoV). The patient was hospitalized on 29 January 2013 and died on 10 February 2013. The case was laboratory-confirmed on 18 February 2013. Further investigation into this case is ongoing."

This newest case brings the worldwide tally to 13 laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus since April 2012. This is now the seventh death.

This new virus can cause severe pneumonia and kidney failure and belongs to the coronavirus family. SARS is also a coronavirus -- although this new virus, which scientists are still learning about, differs from SARS in many ways.

To see past stories about novel coronavirus, click here.


Jennifer Yang is the Toronto Star’s global health reporter. She previously worked as a general assignment reporter and won a NNA in 2011 for her explanatory piece on the Chilean mining disaster. Follow her on Twitter: @jyangstar


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