5-year old Chinese national who arrived in Philippines was investigated for possible Wuhan Coronavirus

In December 2019, Health Authorities in China claimed an outbreak about the mysterious disease which started from the seafood market in Wuhang City where animals like birds and cats were also sold and seen as likely primary source of disease, though warnings received stated that it was some limited “human-to-human transmission”.

After thorough investigations being held by international health institutions, the outbreak was considered as coronavirus which talk about a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to more serious infections.

Since outbreak had influenced over areas of Thailand, Japan and South Korea, international airlines strictly scanning tourists coming from parts of China since Lunar New Year is approaching. In line with that, Wuhan City Health Authorities claimed 15 medical staffs had been infected and the fourth person to die was an 89-year old man. The said virus made a total of 258 confirmed cases as of January 20.

Just today, a 5-year old Chinese national is going through investigation after seeing symptoms related to coronavirus after departing Wuhan, China a week ago. During the press conference held on Tuesday by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, the objective of Chinese boy to arrive in the Philippines is to learn English.

According to DOH Epidemiology Bureau Director Dr. Ferchito Avelino, the outbreak is merely related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)-CoV and Severe Acute Respiratory Virus (SARS)-CoV. Symptoms arising are in line with respiratory aspect, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties; it is likely to cause pneumonia, kidney failure, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and might lead to death.

Throat swabs and blood specimen of a 5-year old Chinese national and his fellow mother were sent to Australia which can identified within 24-48 hours whether disease was specified as a coronavirus.

As a response of the Chinese government, there would be a compulsory isolation for the diagnosed patients which will undergo to quarantine measures on travel. World Health Organization calls the attention of public by declaring the outbreak as international public health emergency.


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