New French case of deadly virus

14 May 2013 09:37

Another person has been diagnosed with a potentially deadly respiratory illness in France

Another person has been diagnosed with a potentially deadly respiratory illness in France

The French health ministry has confirmed a second case of a deadly new respiratory virus related to Sars. A roommate of a 65-year-old man who contracted the virus has tested positive, after the two were in close proximity in late April at Valenciennes hospital in northern France.

The pair are now in hospital in nearby Lille. Four other suspected cases, all involving people who were in proximity with the initial patient, all turned out to be false alarms.

The latest case is a reminder to Britons travelling to France to arrange medical travel insurance before jetting off, while those with ongoing health problems should also look into pre-existing medical travel insurance.

The novel coronavirus has led to 18 deaths since it was identified last year in the Middle East. A total of 30 cases have been logged since September 2012 at the World Health Organisation.

It has emerged the first patient from France had just come back from a holiday in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

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