- Two patients, who are close relatives, were admitted to a hospital in Paris, and the other in the city of Bordeaux.
- In the United States, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the second case of Wuhan coronavirus infection in the country.
- The first alert was issued by the WHO on December 31, 2019, after Chinese authorities reported cases of a mysterious pneumonia in Wuhan.
The French Ministry of Health confirmed three cases of people infected by the Coronavirus Friday that generated an outbreak of a mysterious respiratory disease in China’s Hubei province. France’s Health Minister, Agnes Buzyn, warned that, in addition to these two cases— the first ones to be recorded in Europe— new infections were still likely to arise in the country.
Two patients, who are close relatives, were admitted to a hospital in Paris, and the other in the city of Bordeaux. All of them were recently in the region of China where the outbreak began. The NGO SOS Medicins said its doctors treated a person of Chinese origin in Bordeaux who showed symptoms similar to those of the disease.
According to Buzyn, the 48-year-old man returned two days ago from a trip that included the city of Wuhan, considered the epicenter of the outbreak. “He’s been put in an isolated room so as to avoid any contact with the outside world. He’s fine,” said the minister.
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the second case of Wuhan coronavirus infection in the country. A woman over the age of 60, who returned from China to Chicago on January 13, sought medical attention after experiencing symptoms a few days later. According to the CDC, she is in isolation and in a stable condition.
American officials are working to identify the people she has been in contact with since she returned to the country. In the US, at least 50 people in 22 states are being monitored on suspicion of having contracted the coronavirus. The first case on American soil was confirmed by the authorities last Tuesday. The patient is a 30-year-old man who had returned to Seattle after a stint in Wuhan. Authorities continue to conduct tests on passengers arriving from Hubei province flights, although more than a dozen cities in the region have been quarantined, leaving millions of people isolated.
The first infections with the new coronavirus, provisionally named 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organization (WHO), were detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of last year and date back to a closed wildlife and fish market. The virus may have been transmitted through direct contact between humans and animals, or simply through the air. The first alert was issued by the WHO on December 31, 2019, after Chinese authorities reported cases of a mysterious pneumonia in Wuhan.
Since then, 41 people have died from the disease and almost 1,000 are infected. The country’s National Health Committee reported that two of the three people who contracted the virus in Thailand were cured, as well as one in Japan. Cases were also reported in South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam and Australia.