THE first case of mystery coronavirus in the US is set to be announced today, according to federal sources.
It’s thought the person struck down by the virus is in Washington State.
The American patient was hospitalised for pneumonia last week and had recently travelled to Wuhan, China where the respiratory disease was first spotted.
The patient tested positive for coronavirus over the weekend with officials stating the unidentified person is “quite ill”.
The virus is feared to be rapidly spreading across the globe.
It’s estimated hundreds have been struck down by the virus, which is baffling docs, with six dead says CNN.
Chinese officials faced a race against time to contain the deadly new virus, which has cold-like symptoms.
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
WHAT is it? Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars). The latest strain had not previously been identified in humans.
HOW is it spread? Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people. The first of the latest cases were among people connected to a wholesale seafood market in Wuhan, China — but Chinese officials say human-to-human transmission has also been confirmed. The World Health Organisation says some coronaviruses can be transmitted in this way.
WHAT are the symptoms? Initial symptoms include fever, cough, tightness of the chest and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death. There are no specific treatments for the new coronavirus but symptoms can be relieved.
WHAT is being done to stop it spreading? Numerous nations have adopted screening measures for travellers arriving from China. And the World Health Organisation is holding an emergency meeting today in Geneva to decide whether the outbreak “constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, and what recommendations should be made to manage it”. It is urging people to take measures such as regular hand washing, avoiding close contact with anyone coughing and sneezing, and thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.
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The outbreak has caused havoc as thousands prepare to travel for the Chinese Lunar New Year.
And stock losses were seen around the world as worries deepened about the virus outbreak, Asian stocks dropped sharply, while European markets also stumbled on concerns that the new coronavirus spreading in the world’s second-largest economy could hurt tourism and ultimately economic growth and corporate profits.