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France confirms 1st case of new SARS-related virus

PARIS — A 65-year-old Frenchman is hospitalized after contracting France’s first case of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS, and French health authorities said Wednesday they are trying to find anyone who might have been in contact with him to prevent it from spreading.

It is unclear how or where the man was infected with the novel coronavirus, which has killed 18 people and raised public health concerns since being identified last year in the Middle East. It can cause acute pneumonia and kidney failure.

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