First cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections in France, investigations and implications for the prevention of human-to-human transmission, France, May 2013

Euro Surveill. 2013 Jun 13;18(24):20502.


In May 2013, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection was diagnosed in an adult male in France with severe respiratory illness, who had travelled to the United Arab Emirates before symptom onset. Contact tracing identified a secondary case in a patient hospitalised in the same hospital room. No other cases of MERS-CoV infection were identified among the index case’s 123 contacts, nor among 39 contacts of the secondary case, during the 10-day follow-up period.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Contact Tracing
  • Coronavirus / isolation & purification
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission
  • Disease Transmission, Infectious / prevention & control
  • Fatal Outcome
  • France
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / epidemiology*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / prevention & control
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / transmission
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Travel*
  • United Arab Emirates