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11 February 2020 14:45

The study suggests coronavirus can be transmitted through faeces.

Since the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first emerged in China last December, more than 43,000 people globally have fallen ill, including eight people here in the UK. The coronavirus epidemic has also killed more than 1,000 people and surpassed the 2002 to 2003 SARS epidemic. Novel coronavirus is primarily believed to be transmitted through droplets of bodily fluids because of the respiratory symptoms it triggers. But a study of 138 patients in Wuhan City – the epidemic's epicentre – found 14 patients who suffered nausea and diarrhoea just before developing fever and breathing problems. The study suggests coronavirus can be transmitted through faeces.

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