May 8, 2013
PARIS - The first French patient with an acute respiratory infection again close the SARS virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is 65 and is hospitalized in Douai (North), said Wednesday the Ministry of Health. The patient was hospitalized on April 23 in Valenciennes, Douai and then transferred to 29 April, where he is in intensive care and benefits of respite care or respiratory assistance and exchange of blood, said Jean-Yves Grall, Director General of Health, during a press conference.
The man had stayed in Dubai from April 9 to 17, he said. He was hospitalized with acute respiratory disease.
A freephone number 0800 13 00 00 will be open this afternoon that the French find answers to their questions, said on his part the Minister of Health Marisol Touraine.
My course of action is clear: surveillance, transparency, information, she added. This is an imported case, one that requires precautionary measures recommended by international authorities, she further said. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause a variety of diseases in humans , ranging from the common cold to SARS. 's new coronavirus - nCoV in medical jargon - was detected for the first time in mid-2012. This is a particular strain that had never been identified in humans. Prior to the announcement of the patient in France, cases of infection were detected in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Kingdom and Germany. A total of 30 confirmed cases worldwide have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) since September 2012 and 18 people died after contracting the virus, including 11 in Saudi Arabia. (© AFP / May 8, 2013 1:00 p.m.)