A patient infected with the novel coronavirus has died in France, according to the health ministry.The virus, which is similar to those which cause Sars and the common cold, emerged last year.
Out of 44 confirmed cases around the world, 23 people have now died with most infections linked to travel to the Middle East.
The virus causes pneumonia and, sometimes, organ failure. Most patients have had other health problems.
The 65-year-old, who had been travelling in Dubai, died in hospital on Tuesday.
Another patient who shared a hospital room with the man has caught the infection.
From my notes:
Date of Report: 5/8/13Name: 65(M)From: Douai, FranceOnset: 4/23Adm: 4/23 hospital in ValenciennesSyms on 4/23: digestive disorders, no respiratory ailments.Syms on 4/28: acute respiratory infection, throat swab tests neg.Test on 4/26*, comes back confirmed on 5/7.Adm: 4/29 Hospital Douai ICUAdm: 5/8 University Hospital of Lille, Serious condition, ICUNote: In Dubai from 4/9-17. Hospitalized there with Acute Respiratory Disease.Currently on dialysis & intubated (artificial alveolar-capillary membrane)Partook in a tour in Arabian Peninsula. 124 People being monitored. 39 People of French or Belgian nationality who participated from 4/9-17 trip to the United Arab Emirates.5/16: Remains in serious stable condition. Condition very serious.Confirmation: 5/7*· The laboratory confirmation was obtained from a bronchoalveolar lavage specimen (a medical procedure in which bronchoscope is passed through the mouth or nose into the lungs to obtain fluid for examination) after a nasopharyngeal specimen (secretion from the uppermost part of the throat) tested negative.DOD: 5/28/13