A mysterious MORTAL virus that has killed a person in China has spread to Japan when the World Health Organization warned that it could sweep the globe.
The Ministry of Health in Japan confirmed its first case of the disease after a man in his 30s tested positive for China’s new coronavirus.
It is understood that the man had been in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where an outbreak of pneumonia occurred, which is believed to have been caused by the new strain.
He developed fever and cough on January 3 before returning home near Tokyo on January 6.
His symptoms continued to persist and four days later he was taken to the hospital where an x-ray revealed signs of pneumonia.
Tests on Tuesday found the same coronavirus that had been detected in other patients in the Wuhan outbreak, the ministry said.
Since then he has been discharged from the hospital and his condition is said to have improved.
It occurs when the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the new virus could spread and warned hospitals around the world.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Some of the types of viruses cause less serious diseases, while others, such as the one that causes the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), are much more serious.
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Coronavirus is an airborne virus, which is transmitted similarly to colds and the flu.
The virus attacks the respiratory system, causing lung lesions.
Symptoms include runny nose, headache, cough and fever, shortness of breath, chills and body aches.
It is incredibly contagious and is transmitted through contact with anything in which the virus is found, as well as with infected breath, cough or sneezing.
In 2003, an outbreak of a similar virus, SARS, killed more than 900 worldwide in a matter of weeks.
It is possible that the virus has already spread to Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.
German researchers said today that they developed the first diagnostic test for the new virus, which was first detected last year.
Dozens of people in China have become ill and a person with serious underlying conditions has died.
Dr. Christian Drosten, director of the Institute of Virology at Charite Hospital in Berlin, said the test developed by his team will allow laboratories to reliably diagnose the so-called new coronavirus “in a very short period of time.”
The test protocol is available through WHO, and laboratories can order a molecule from the German team to compare patient samples with a positive control, he said.
Dr. Drosten said: “We have just started receiving orders and now we are starting to publish the molecule.
“Until now, doctors have only been able to perform a general virus test and then had to sequence and interpret the genome.”
“Large and well-equipped public laboratories can do this, but smaller laboratories would have difficulty doing so.
“We are more concerned with laboratories in countries where it is not so easy to transport samples or the staff is not so thoroughly trained.
“Or if there are a lot of patients who have to be tested,” he said, citing the SARS epidemic, which killed hundreds in 2002 and 2003.
Dr. Drosten, one of the co-discoverers of SARS, said the two viruses are so closely related that laboratories that have control samples for SARS in existence can use it to diagnose the new virus, reducing the time required to create A test run. .
First known death
Officials in Wuhan said last weekend that 41 people had pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus and that a 61-year-old man had died for the first time in China.
WHO has also said that it was consulting with Thai and Chinese health authorities after a case was reported in Thailand from a Chinese traveler.
Eiji Hinoshita, an official in the ministry’s infectious diseases section, said the man told officials that he did not go to the fish market in Wuhan related to the pneumonia outbreak, but had close contact with at least one person with pneumonia symptoms in a place where he stayed during the visit.
What is the SARS?
SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, is an airborne virus that is transmitted in a similar way to colds and flu.
If someone breathes small drops of saliva when coughing or sneezing, they can become infected.
In 2003, an outbreak of Sars killed more than 900 worldwide in a matter of weeks.
It started in Hong Kong and spread to almost 40 countries, infecting 8,500 people.
The infection killed 775 people, which means that the virus killed 1 in 10 of those infected.
Since 2004, no known cases of SARS have been registered anywhere in the world.
Ministry officials are monitoring the activity of the patient and the people with whom he had contact in China and Japan since his return, he said.
It arrives just before the lunar new year when many Chinese tourists are expected to travel.
The ministry is urging those who visit or return from Wuhan to wear masks and quickly go to medical institutions if they have a cough and fever.
But authorities said the virus is not considered highly contagious and that ignoring or talking to patients would not be a concern.
China has tried to minimize speculation that it could be a reappearance of the SARS epidemic.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold.
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Others found in bats, camels and other animals have evolved to cause more serious diseases.
Common symptoms include runny nose, headache, cough and fever.
Shortness of breath, chills and body aches are associated with more dangerous types of coronaviruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. UU.