Strange pneumonia-like disease in China made 44 people sick

As of January 3, 2019, China recorded 44 cases of acute pneumonia, of which 12 were in serious condition.

From the end of December 2019 to January 2019, in Wuhan, China repeatedly occurred cases of pneumonia of unknown origin. According to Nikkei , the outbreak of strange viral pneumonia raises fears of a revival of the SARS epidemic , a flu-like virus that has killed hundreds of people before.

The Star reported that Wuhan authorities had confirmed 27 people with "strange" pneumonia on December 31, 2019, and that number quickly increased to 44 cases on January 3, 2020. Including 12 cases are in serious condition.

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On 3/1, China confirmed there are 44 cases of "strange" pneumonia.

Since the outbreak of the disease, many Asian governments such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia have taken immediate action to control the border by conducting health checks on all trips. fly from Wuhan.

The symptoms of this "strange" pneumonia are similar to respiratory infections, including fever and shortness of breath. Although these symptoms sound like regular flu, the virus that causes the pneumonia is actually unknown.

A microbiologist from Hong Kong, Yuen Kwok-Yung explained that the current virus outbreak in Wuhan is similar to the 1997 bird flu and SARS outbreaks. He also mentioned that it is likely that animals are the source of this strange virus.

This was further reinforced when initial laboratory tests showed that the disease was not spread from person to person because no medical staff was infected. Most patients work in a seafood wholesale market, according to the Wuhan City Health Commission.

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Strange virus pneumonia raises concerns about the resurgence of the SARS epidemic.

The cases are currently being isolated and focused treatment at the hospital specializing in the treatment of infectious diseases in Wuhan City. This hospital has been put in an emergency situation and prohibited people from entering or leaving. All cases of pneumonia and respiratory diseases near the seafood market area were brought here for treatment. Currently, this market has been closed and completed cleaning.

Currently, China's Ministry of Health has organized an investigation and implemented measures to control the disease situation.

In the context of the complicated infectious disease situation in the world, especially in the beginning of the new year 2020, to welcome the New Year of the Rat, the exchange, travel, trade between countries is increasing and more dangerous. disease outbreaks enter our country through the border gates.

In order to proactively detect and prevent suspected cases of infectious diseases through border gates, follow the Prime Minister's instruction on strengthening measures to ensure the Lunar New Year of the Lunar New Year and prevent epidemics. winter-spring disease, the Department of Preventive Medicine has just issued a dispatch on strengthening the work of medical quarantine to prevent diseases from spreading through border gates; to propose to the Director of the Center of International Health Quarantine; Centers for Disease Control / Preventive Medicine Center of provinces / cities with medical quarantine activities direct the following activities:

  • 1. Strictly implement the medical quarantine activities specified in the Government's Decree No. 89 / ND-CP of June 25, 2018 detailing a number of articles of the Law on Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases on Control border epidemic.
  • 2. To intensify the implementation of medical quarantine for people, means of entry, in transit and goods imported into Vietnam from countries and territories where infectious diseases are epidemic; early detection of suspected cases (if any), isolation and timely handling, and at the same time reporting to the management agencies to coordinate the steering and settlement.
  • 3. Coordinating with relevant units at the border gates to intensify the supervision of infectious diseases, illegally imported poultry and poultry products of cross-border transportation and actively take measures to prevent and combat trade mark. fruit.
  • 4. Implement communication activities and recommendations at the border gates on prevention and control of dangerous and emerging epidemics suitable to the current situation and proactively advise on preventive measures for cases of travel. with or have close contact with suspected cases (if any) coming from the epidemic area.
  • 5. Coordinate with the border gate management board and relevant units to consolidate the Steering Committee for epidemic prevention and control at the border gates, review and update the plans to meet urgent public health events in the area. border areas to be readily available in needed schools.
  • 6. Having a plan and assigning full-time officials and officials on duty during the Lunar New Year, sending the watch list to the Preventive Medicine Department for consolidation.
  • 7. Strictly informing and reporting on medical quarantine activities strictly according to regulations.
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