Published Date: 2013-05-09 20:41:36
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Novel coronavirus - Eastern Mediterranean (22): France, susp. RFI
Archive Number: 20130509.1702445
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Date: 9 May 2013
Source: Reuters [edited]
people who had contact with a Frenchman who is seriously ill with the
new SARS-like coronavirus have fallen sick and been admitted to
hospital, health officials in northern France said on Thursday [9 May
One is a patient who shared a ward with the 65-year-old
man infected with the virus when he was in a hospital in the town of
Valenciennes, northern France, at the end of April , and the other
is a doctor who treated him there.
The 65-year-old carrier, who
fell ill on his return from a trip to Dubai, has since been transferred
to an isolated intensive care wing in a hospital in Douai, near the
northern city of Lille, where he is in a critical condition.
ARS local health authority said the 2 other men were in individual rooms
in separate hospitals, one in Lille and the other in the nearby town of
Tourcoing and that tests had been carried out on both of them.
show symptoms which require a special infectious diseases
consultation," the ARS said in a statement. "The results of the tests
carried out on these 2 people will be known soon and will be made
As France reported the 65-year-old as its 1st case of
the coronavirus on Wednesday [8 May 2013], the World Health Organization
said it would send experts to visit a Saudi hospital from which the
virus has spread, killing 7 people so far.
The French case brought the total number of known infections worldwide to 31, of which 18 resulted in death.
is from the same viral family that triggered the outbreak of severe
acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) that swept the world from Asia in late
2003, killing 775 people.
Despite there being no evidence so far
of sustained human-to-human transmission, health experts' concerns are
growing over clusters of new cases.
[Byline: Pierre Savary, Catherine Bremer, Michael Roddy]
Date: 9 May 2013
Source: Liberation [in French, trans. Mod.MPP, edited]
officials fear that a former roommate of the 1st French patient with
the new coronavirus and a doctor [who cared for the 1st patient] have in
turn been infected, and both have been hospitalized, one in Lille and
the other in Tourcoing.
These 2 people have had specimens taken
[for laboratory testing], the results of which "will be announced soon,"
according to a statement of the Regional Health Agency
Nord/Pas-de-Calais (ARS) in a press release.
The roommate, a man
in his 50s who had [contact] with the patient during his stay in CH
Valenciennes from [27 to 29 Apr 2013], "since Wednesday [8 May 2013] has
had symptoms requiring an infectious disease consultation, [and has had
specimens submitted to the laboratory], and is being monitored in a
single room in the hospital," said the ARS.
One of the doctors
from the Hospital in Valenciennes, aged 35, who was also in contact with
the patient diagnosed with the coronavirus infection, "presented with
symptoms necessitating hospitalization in the infectious disease service
of the hospital in Tourcoing, and specimens have been taken for
laboratory testing," added the LRA.
These 2 people were
"identified" as part of the "search" for contacts of the case," that is
to say people who have been in contact with the patient during his
hospitalization in the hospital in Valenciennes and then in Douai.
latter institution [the hospital in Douai], where the [confirmed case
of nCoV] was hospitalized from 29 Apr 2013 until he was transferred
during Wednesday night [8 May 2013] to the University Hospital in Lille,
"indicated the absence of symptoms in contacts of this patient as of
today [9 May 2013]," says the ARS.
The northern patient with the
novel coronavirus infection, [in the same family as SARS], the 1st
confirmed case in France, was in stable condition in the ICU of the
Lille University Hospital on Thursday [9 May 2013] but still in very
This patient, aged 65, "was immediately placed
in a room designed for patient isolation," where he is supported by a
dedicated team, according to the University Hospital of Lille.
was hospitalized on [23 Apr 2013] in Valenciennes (North), then
transferred to Douai on [29 Apr 2013]. He had travelled to Dubai (United
Arab Emirates) from [9 to 17 Apr 2013]. Before his hospitalization, he
was followed by the hospital in Valenciennes for a chronic disease.
patient had respiratory failure that required cardiopulmonary support
on Wednesday [8 May 2013] to take over his lung function; he is under
"intensive monitoring" at the Lille University Hospital.
French case has occurred 10 years after the SARS (severe acute
respiratory syndrome) pandemic, which began in China and was associated
with more than 800 deaths, causing worldwide concern. Infections with
[the nCoV] have been detected in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United
Kingdom and Germany.
these 2 suspected cases are confirmed, this will raise the total number
of confirmed cases of the nCoV infection to 35 and will represent the
4th cluster of presumed person-to-person transmission of this virus, and
the 3rd nosocomial cluster. Other nosocomial clusters have occurred in
Jordan (April 2012) and Saudi Arabia (April/May 2013), and the other
person-to-person cluster among contacts of a case occurred in the UK
For a map of France showing the cities where the patient was hospitalized (Valenciennes, Douai, and Lille), see http://www.map-france.com/cities/.
All 3 cities are located in the Department of Nord, in the Region of
Nord-Pas de Calais (see map of France with Departments at http://www.map-france.com/departments/), located in the northernmost portion of France.
More information on the results of testing of these contacts would be greatly appreciated. - Mod.MPP
A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map can be accessed at: http://healthmap.org/r/1oxc.]