One person died in Wuhan (China) to the result of a virus from the same family as Sars.
January 13, 2020 9h39
Updated at 23: 15
New virus chinese: first imported case in Thailand
GENEVA — A first case of pneumonia chinese belonging to the same family as Sars has been identified in Thailand, announced Monday the WHO and the thai authorities, stating that he was a traveller in china of 61 years.
“Thailand has identified a first patient of the sars coronavirus”, announced the minister of Health of thailand Anutin Charnvirakul, during a press conference.
So far, only one person has died in China on 41 patients diagnosed with this new type of coronavirus in Wuhan (population 11 million), where the epidemic appeared in late December, leading to fears that initially a resurgence of Sars.
The epidemic occurred just before the annual period of travel the most important in the country, the holiday of the lunar New Year in late January, where tens of millions of people take the bus, the train and the plane.
No transmission between humans has not been established, but in Geneva, the WHO announced that “given the evolution of the situation, the director-general of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, will consult the members of the emergency Committee and may convene a meeting of this committee in a short period of time”.
During these meetings, the experts can decide whether an outbreak constitutes an international health emergency.
A manager of the emergency operations Centre of public health of thailand has explained to the AFP that the patient was a Chinese 61 years old, from Wuhan, and that the fever suspicious had been detected on January 8 at the airport.
A clinical diagnosis of pneumonia is mild was first asked, and then “laboratory tests have confirmed that the new coronavirus was the cause”, has detailed a spokesman for the WHO, Tarik Jasarevic, to the AFP.
Immediately admitted to hospital, the woman recovers from the disease.
According to the first elements, the epidemic in China is in link with a fish market in Wuhan, which was closed on January 1st due to the epidemic.
WHO is not surprised by the imported case in Thailand.
“The possibility that cases are identified in other countries was not unexpected and reinforces the reason why the WHO request active monitoring, and preparation continues in other countries”, the organisation said.
“Genetic sequencing” of the virus that China has shared the January 12, “enables a greater number of countries to rapidly diagnose patients”, is also to be commended.
The WHO believes that is essential that investigations continue in China to identify the source of this outbreak and any animal reservoir or intermediate host.
The coronavirus family includes a large number of viruses that can cause disease most often benign in humans, but some of them, such as Sars (severe acute respiratory Syndrome) or the Seas (respiratory Syndrome in the Middle East) have led to serious epidemics.
The department of Health of Hong Kong said on Saturday that the genetic sequencing of the virus found in one patient of Wuhan indicated that it was similar to 80% of Sars found in bats.
However, it stated that it was too early to conclude that it was a strain of Sars. The latter has killed 349 people in mainland China and 299 in Hong Kong in 2002-2003. The strain, hitherto unknown, belongs to the coronavirus family.