New Virus Emerging in China Reaches The U.S.
New Virus Emerging in China Reaches The U.S. A person caught in a new coronavirus that has emerged in China and led to the deaths of at least nine people so far has been announced to be being treated in the US.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control announced that a person traveling from China to the U.S. city of Seattle had been diagnosed with the virus.
The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has affected at least 400 people, according to official data. But health experts say the number of people caught the virus may have approached 2,000.
At first, the virus, which is thought to only be transmitted from animals to humans, can be transmitted from human to human.
Those who catch the virus have symptoms of pneumonia.
The first case in the US was announced to be of a man in his 30s who landed in Seattle on January 15 after visiting Wuhan, China.
“The patient went to a hospital in Washington state and was being treated,” the U.S. Center for Disease Control said in a statement.
Laboratory tests revealed that the patient had contracted the new virus, which appeared in China, on January 20.
What’s The Source Of The Outbreak?
“If we think about past outbreaks, if this is a new coronavirus it must have originated from an animal shelter,” says Professor Jonathan Ball of the University of Nottingham.
The current cases are associated with the South China seafood wholesale market in Wuhan.
SARS was infected by a Musk cat. Since it emerged in 2012, people have been infected by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which has led to the deaths of 858 out of 2,494 patients.
Experts say the outbreak of the disease in China is caused by the multiplicity and density of the population and the close contact of humans with animals carrying the viruses.
What Measures Were Taken?
People infected with the virus are being kept in quarantine just in case to minimize the risk of spreading.
To detect the disease, scanning devices were put in place to measure the body temperature of the passengers.
The South China seafood wholesale market was also temporarily closed for spraying.
The United States and several Asian countries have taken measures to get health screening of passengers traveling from Wuhan, and the World Health Organization has warned hospitals around the world against a larger outbreak.