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Thailand confirms fifth case of new coronavirus

By Panarat Thepgumpanat

 

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand on Friday confirmed its fifth case of the new coronavirus, a senior public health official said, in the second instance in which a patient was not detected at the airport before entering the country.

 

“The patient is a 33-year-old woman from Wuhan on vacation,” Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Patucha told Reuters, adding that she was under quarantine at Rajavithi hospital and her condition was improving.

 

The woman arrived in Bangkok on Jan. 21 with her daughter and visited a private hospital complaining of a fever, coughing and muscle aches before being transferred to a government hospital on Jan. 23, Sathit said.

 

Her daughter tested negative for the virus.

 

A Thai woman who contracted the virus after spending the New Year in Wuhan was admitted to Nakhon Pathom hospital, 60 km (40 miles) west of Bangkok, on Jan. 15 and discharged on Friday after lab tests cleared her of the virus, the Public Health Ministry said in a statement.

 

Thailand currently has two patients under quarantine for the virus.

 

China has stepped up measures to contain the virus, which has killed 25 people and infected more than 800, with public transport suspensions in 10 cities, temples shutting, and the rapid construction of a new hospital to treat those infected.

 

The Wuhan airport was closed on Jan. 23.

 

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6 minutes ago, DrTuner said:

This one is a coronavirus, not influenza. Same as SARS, MERS, not the influenza HxNy. The initial symptoms happen to be same, which creates confusion and as testing seems to be laborious (24h to get results), they won't be testing everyone who has flu-like symptoms. The real status will only be known once those who have the virus have either died or survived. It'll take weeks just to know what the situation today was.

 

 

According to the CDC , MERS transmission during the incubation period was limited, if I understood correctly.

"The median incubation period for secondary cases associated with limited human-to-human transmission is approximately 5 days (range 2-14 days). In MERS "

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/clinical-features.html

 

or was it "limiter contact transmission" hard to understand the above sentence. 

 

 

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I thought a handful of cities were under quarantine, meaning nobody is to leave and spread the illness. I did see that some of the cities, including ground zero, allowed motor vehicles to escape after a quick temperature check with probably something as effective as a Popsicle stick. We're doomed... probably for another couple of months. 

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there are way more than 5....

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