A new coronavirus that causes potentially fatal respiratory illness apparently can spread from person to person.
The first cases of human infection with the new coronavirus occurred last April near Amman, Jordan. Genetic testing has shown that it's different from any other known coronavirus and that it is most closely related to coronaviruses found in bats. Health officials in the United States have reported that 14 cases (with 8 deaths) have been confirmed worldwide. Three of the cases occurred in 1 family in the United Kingdom, prompting the UK Health Protection Agency to conclude that person-to-person transmission took place within the family.
From JAMA ’s Daily News Site. JAMA. 2013;309(16):1673. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.3968