Two French tourists ill after travelling to Saudi Arabia

Posted on June 12, 2013 • Filed under: Middle East, Tourists ill, Travel Health

According to, French authorities have reversed earlier claims that two men hospitalized in Tours after returning from Saudi Arabia were infected with a deadly virus formerly known as coronavirus, but now labeled MERS, it emerged on Wednesday. France’s Minister for Health Marisol Touraine on Wednesday announced, “the tests have come back negative,” reversing an announcement by French authorities on Tuesday that two men, recently-returned from Saudi Arabia, had become infected with the virus. French medical authorities had on Tuesday reported two new suspected cases of infection with the SARS-like virus MERS which has killed more than 30 people worldwide, the bulk of them in Saudi Arabia. Read article

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