- Chinese virus causes symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing.
- It is similar to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which in 2002 and 2003 killed more than 600 people in China and Hong Kong.
- "Based on the patient's travel history and symptoms, healthcare professionals suspected this new coronavirus."
One person in the U.S. state of Washington is the first in the country to be diagnosed with the mysterious coronavirus. The case was first detected in the city of Wuhan, China, where hundreds of people were hospitalized, in addition to the record of at least six deaths.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the patient is stable. He had recently traveled to the Chinese city and was hospitalized last week after showing symptoms of pneumonia. The US patient, a man in his 30s, returned on January 15, from Wuhan, the CDC said.
“The patient sought care at a medical facility in the state of Washington, where the patient was treated for the illness,” it added in a statement. “Based on the patient’s travel history and symptoms, healthcare professionals suspected this new coronavirus.” Laboratory testing of a clinical specimen confirmed the diagnosis on January 20, the CDC statement elaborated.
The diagnosed person reportedly returned to the United States on January 15, two days before the monitoring of travelers arriving in the country through Los Angeles, San Francisco, and John F. Kennedy airports in New York, coming from Wuhan, was ordered. These checks have also been implemented at international airports in Australia and in some Asian countries. They are aimed at measuring the body temperature of passengers coming in from Wuhan.
In the statement, the CDC confirmed the case and said it was not yet clear how easily the virus was transmitted from person to person. Over the past few weeks, the CDC has put in place several preventive measures to alert hospitals and clinics about the symptoms of the virus, as well as the most appropriate care. The authorities are also working so that diagnostic tests for the virus, which at the moment can only be carried out on the premises of the CDC, can be carried out in more places.
American hospitals are expected to soon implement some protocols for people with symptoms of respiratory disease in order to locate and isolate those who have been infected as soon as possible. The case in the United States came to light shortly after the Chinese government reported a significant increase in cases in the Asian country, and confirmed that the virus can be spread from person to person.
Since the first case in China emerged in late December last year, information about the virus has been sparse, partly due to the lack of transparency by Chinese authorities, who initially claimed that the origin was in a fish and seafood market.
The World Health Organization reported on Twitter that “an animal source is most likely the main source of this new outbreak.”
Coronavirus causes symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. It is similar to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which in 2002 and 2003 killed more than 600 people in China and Hong Kong. In addition to China and the United States, three other countries have already registered cases of infection by the virus: Thailand, Japan, and South Korea.