Posted: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 20:17 AEDT
SARS spreads to France
The first case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a killer
disease which has caused at least 17 deaths worldwide, has been detected
in a patient in France, health officials said Monday.
"It is the
first case in France," a spokesman for the department of health (DGS) told
The infected man arrived in France on Sunday from Vietnam,
where he is a medical worker at a French hospital in Hanoi, the official
Four staff members at the hospital have already died of
The man - who has not been named - was placed under medical
care at a hospital in Tourcoing in northern France.
people, who have recently returned from Asia and have displayed SARS
symptoms, are under observation in France, the official said.
Passengers who travelled on the same flight as the man are being
urged to contact their doctor if they develop a cough or breathing
difficulties in the coming days.
The World Health Organisation
said Monday there were 456 SARS cases from 13 countries and the Chinese
special administrative region of Hong Kong.
Ten deaths were
reported in Hong Kong, four in Vietnam and three in