Sunday, May 12, 2013

French #Coronavirus Case Points to Limited Human-to-Human Spread

The novel coronavirus that has killed more than half the 38 people it’s known to have infected appears capable of limited human-to-human spread, the World Health Organization said, as France reported a second case.
The patient, who is hospitalized in an isolated ward, probably caught the pneumonia-causing virus from an infected patient in a hospital room they shared in Valenciennes, in northeast France, in late April, the French Health Ministry and the WHO said yesterday.
The French cases have opened up a new front in an international effort to control the virus, which is related to the one that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, a decade ago. The majority of infections with the new virus have occurred in Saudi Arabia, where the Ministry of Health reported yesterday 15 deaths from 24 confirmed cases since September. Several of the infections have been tied to health-care centers.


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