October 29, 2013
New probable case (not cases - s.) of infection with coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in France
A new probable cases of infection with coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was reported on Oct. 28 at the Institute of Health Surveillance (VS). The Pasteur Institute in Paris was seized for further expertise and confirmation of this case. The new case, if confirmed, would be the third case reported in France. The first two cases were identified in May 2013.
It is a 43-year-old returned from a stay in Saudi Arabia. She was hospitalized in isolation since 28 October in northern France. His condition is stable, this day.
A thorough epidemiological investigation surrounding this case was implemented immediately without waiting for confirmation of this case. All persons who had close contact with the patient are informed today by the health authorities of steps to follow.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health noted that in France, so far, the contamination have been reported in the following two situations: either after a trip to the Arabian Peninsula with occurrence of respiratory symptoms and fever 14 days after the return, or after close contact with a person infected with coronavirus.
Any person in any of these situations should contact their physician or center and 15 mention the trip in the Arabian Peninsula or close contact.
24 October 2013, the balance of the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 144 cases worldwide, including 62 deaths since September 2012. WHO does not recommend travel restrictions with the countries concerned.
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