Novel Coronavirus, two additional confirmed cases in Italy
-- The cases are close contacts of the first confirmed patient; both are currently in stable condition;
-- The Ministry of Health is following the situation closely.
Tuscany Region informed this afternoon the Ministry of Health of the confirmation of two previously suspected cases, already under surveillance because part of the close contacts of the first confirmed case.
Both have developed clinical respiratory symptoms of the disease and are currently in stable condition.
Laboratory tests performed by Regional Health Authorities and by the National Institute of Health confirmed the infection with the Coronavirus of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV).
The cases are a two year old female (a family member of the index case), and a coworker of the same patient.
Both patients are hospitalized under isolation in Florence hospitals.
Human transmission between persons who stayed in close contacts with confirmed patients has been documented elsewhere in Europe in familiar or nosocomial environment.
The Ministry of Health is following closely the situation and remains in close contacts with the Regional health authorities.
1 June 2013