Tests negative on 3 suspected cases of SARS-related virus: French minister
An electron microscope image of a coronavirus, provided by the British Health Protection Agency, is shown. The virus is part of a family of viruses that cause ailments, including the common cold and SARS, and was first identified last year in the Middle East. (Health Protection Agency)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, May 11, 2013 9:46AM EDT
PARIS - France's health minister says tests on three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS are negative -- but a fourth needs complementary tests and a fifth suspected case has been discovered.
Marisol Touraine said test results of the two remaining suspicious cases -- people who had close contact with France's only confirmed case -- should be known later Saturday.
The minister spoke in the northern city of Lille where a 65-year-old man who contracted the virus is hospitalized. The Health Ministry has said the patient fell ill after returning from a nine-day vacation in Dubai.
The novel coronavirus has killed 18 people since being identified last year in the Middle East, out of 30 confirmed cases reported to the World Health Organization since September 2012.