First case of new virus behind China outbreak found in Thailand: WHO

By Mod2   1 month ago   263
Health - Top Stories

A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Centre, where a man who died from a respiratory illness was confined, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, on January 12, 2020. – A 61-year-old man has become the first person to die in China from a respiratory illness believed caused by a new virus from the same family as SARS, which claimed hundreds of lives more than a decade ago, authorities said. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP)

The World Health Organization confirmed Monday the first case in Thailand of a new virus from the same family as SARS that is behind a Chinese pneumonia outbreak.

The UN health agency said a person travelling from Wuhan, China, had been hospitalised in Thailand on January 8 after being diagnosed with mild pneumonia.

“Laboratory testing subsequently confirmed that the novel coronavirus was the cause,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told AFP in an email, referring to the new virus.

WHO said it might soon host an emergency meeting on the spread of the new virus.

The case marks the first outside of China, where 41 people with pneumonia-like symptoms have so far been diagnosed with the new virus in the central city of Wuhan, with one of the victims dying last Thursday.

The episode has caused alarm due to the spectre of SARS, or Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which in 2002-2003 killed 349 people in mainland China and another 299 in Hong Kong, whose economy was hit hard by the epidemic’s devastating impact on tourism.

The WHO has confirmed that the outbreak in China has been caused by a previously unknown type of coronavirus, a broad family ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses like SARS.

The agency said Monday it had been informed by Thai health officials that the patient there was recovering from the illness.

It stressed that it was not surprising that the virus had spread beyond China.

“The possibility of cases being identified in other countries was not unexpected and reinforces why WHO calls for on-going active monitoring and preparedness in other countries,” it said in a statement.

It pointed out that it had issued guidance on how to detect and treat people who fall ill with the new virus, and stressed that China’s decision to rapidly share the genetic sequencing of the virus made it possible to quickly diagnose patients.

WHO has not recommended any specific measures for travellers or restrictions on trade with China, but stressed Monday it was taking the situation seriously.

“Given developments, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will consult with Emergency Committee members and could call for a meeting of the committee on short notice,” it said in a statement.

[NewsNaira]



Share this article!



Login to comment and earn


China and Thailand abi ok


(Quote) (Likes)
Amos Sunday
1 month ago

May God help them oooo


(Quote) (Likes)
Ikechukwu Victor
1 month ago

First of this virus is bad o


(Quote) (Likes: 1)
Adegbola Hamid
1 month ago

Frist cases


(Quote) (Likes)
Victor Olufemi
1 month ago

Disease everywhere


(Quote) (Likes)
Usman Mustapha
1 month ago

Okay Khumuso serr


(Quote) (Likes: 1)

Sickness issue


(Quote) (Likes)
Emmanuel Agina
1 month ago

At not used get


(Quote) (Likes: 1)
Mahmud Usman
1 month ago

First case for New virus


(Quote) (Likes)
Joseph Moriya
1 month ago

Get rid of the virus


(Quote) (Likes: 1)

China disease


(Quote) (Likes)

An outbreak again


(Quote) (Likes)
Baffa
1 month ago

No body should come in china from Thailand 


(Quote) (Likes)
Irebami Barnabas
1 month ago

The virus should be get rid of


(Quote) (Likes)
Leo Murphy
1 month ago

China self 


(Quote) (Likes)
Hannah Job
1 month ago

Not again oo


(Quote) (Likes)

God save up all


(Quote) (Likes)
Godwin Obaro
1 month ago

It should be salvaged before it gets out of hands


(Quote) (Likes)

Outbreaking of diseased


(Quote) (Likes)
Mahmud Gambo
1 month ago

Virus again in this situation 


(Quote) (Likes)


What is News₦aira Income Program(News₦IP)

  • News₦aira Income Program (News₦IP) is a system aimed at raising revenue for registered users that browse the NewsNaira Website. An online program driven by a goal of solving the financial problems among the youths, students, middle class and whoever wishes to take advantage of earning opportunity and making money online legitimately in Nigeria as it creates the channel for participants to earn residual income on weekly basis.
more

How News₦IP Works

  • News₦aira has 2 means of generating income for our members.
    News₦AP: NewsNaira Affiliate Program - With News₦AP, participants earns ₦1,000 whenever they refer anyone to join NewsNaira Income Program. There is no limit to how many people you can refer.

    News₦ARS: NewsNaira Ad Revenue Sharing - With News₦ARS, participants earns residual income bonus by reading news, commentting on articles, publishing forum posts, daily login to their NewsNaira account, and even sharing assigned sponsored post on social media.

    We share our ads revenue with you weekly when you make NewsNaira community your news and information household.
more