Coronavirus: suspicion raised to 3 out of 5
on May 11, 2013 at 10:54, updated on 11 May 2013 at 13h04.
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A new suspect has been identified in the entourage of the patient with the novel coronavirus, SARS close, announced Saturday the Minister of Health, Marisol Touraine. An information destination for travelers to the Arabian Peninsula system is implemented.
The Minister of Health, Marisol Touraine went Saturday morning at University Hospital of Lille, where four cases of coronavirus had been suspected. The Minister announced the presence of a fifth case in the entourage of the sick patient. "A fifth case contact was identified in the entourage of the sick patient. Samples were made that we know the results at the end of the day," said the minister at a press briefing.
It is "a man, relatively young," which is currently "at home", said Professor Benoit Guery, head of infectious diseases department of the University Hospital of Lille. The symptoms that this is "not worrying", it has not been the subject of hospital care, said Dr. Guery.
Avoid contact with animals
Three persons including a doctor and a nurse for which the tests were negative "were able to leave the hospital," said Marisol Touraine. "A fourth person, who shared the sickroom in Valenciennes, should be subject to further analysis," the results will be known on Saturday afternoon, the Minister added. The first samples did not lead to conclusive tests, new, different, have been made, she said. This person "is still hospitalized in the department of Prof. Guery" according Marisol Touraine. Minister wanted "full transparency" on the situation. "The toll-free number (for individuals, ie) work, and travel advisories are available," said the minister. Travelers to the Arabian Peninsula will be specific information at international airports. A leaflet, whose message has been prepared by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Health, will be distributed to airline counters. It is particularly recommended to take precautionary measures, such as washing hands regularly, but also to avoid contact with animals.