(CNN) – A newly discovered and potentially deadly virus related to the one that causes the common cold has befallen another victim, this time in France.
A man hospitalized in April is infected with the novel coronavirus, France’s health ministry said Thursday.
The NCoV virus was recently found for the first time in humans and scattered cases have occurred across parts of the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia.
It has proven deadly in more than half of the confirmed cases so far, according to the World Health Organization. Of 31 people with confirmed infections, at least 18 have died.
But infectious disease specialists believe the virus is very difficult to catch.
The newly infected man is the first confirmed infection in France, the health ministry said. He had recently returned from travel to the United Arab Emirates, which is located on the Arabian Peninsula.
Identifying the source of the man’s…
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