Tests on Tuesday found the same coronavirus that had been detected in other patients in the Wuhan outbreak, the ministry said.
Since then, the man was released from the hospital when his symptoms subsided. He was only identified as a man in his 30s in Kanagawa Prefecture, west of Tokyo. So far no diseases have been found in his family and the medical staff who attended him. Kyodo news agency says the patient is Chinese.
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, the first death known to the virus in China. The World Health Organization also said it was consulting with Thai and Chinese health authorities after a case was reported in Thailand from a Chinese traveler.
The ministry 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 symptoms of pneumonia in a place where he stayed during the visit. Ministry officials are monitoring the activity of the patient and the people with whom he had contacts in China and Japan since his return.
The news just before the lunar new year, when many Chinese tourists are expected to travel. 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, which killed hundreds in 2002 and 2003.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold. 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.
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