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Italy reports first case of coronavirus

Italy's health ministry said a 45-year-old man came down with the virus after recently traveling to Jordan.

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Italy confirmed it's first case of the SARS-like coronavirus, which health officials worry will spread globally. (CDC/Getty Images)

On Friday, Italy's Health Ministry reported its first case of coronavirus was contracted by a 45-year-old man who returned from a trip to Jordan where he visited his son who had the "flu."

The man, who is an Italian citizen but of foreign nationality, is in a Tuscan hospital in "good condition," according to officials but has a high fever, is coughing and having trouble breathing.

The announcement comes only days after a man died in Lille, France from the lethal SARS-like virus.

The 65-year-old man was hospitalized in April after returning from a trip to the United Arab Emirates was diagnosed with coronavirus on May 8.

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The head of the World Health Organization has called the disease the greatest global health concern.

Saudi Arabia has been badly hit by the SARS-like virus, according to the World Health Organization, with some connection to some 33 cases already.

Out of the 45 confirmed cases worldwide, 24 people have died.

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