Egypt confirms first case of new virus

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Health Ministry has confirmed the first case of the new virus in the North African country.

In a statement Friday, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Mugahed said the person was a “foreigner” who is carrying the virus but not showing any serious symptoms.

Officials were able to confirm the case through a follow-up program the government implemented for travelers arriving from countries where the virus has spread.

The ministry statement said the person was hospitalized and in isolation.  

The statement did not specify the person’s nationality or what port of entry he or she arrived at in Egypt. 

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