The Department of Public Health (DVG) in Aruba is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (n-Cov) in China

Dit item is gearchiveerd op 22-02-2020.

ORANJESTAD - On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was notified about increasing pneumonia cases in the Chinese city Wuhan, which was caused by a newly discovered strain of Novel Coronavirus.

Symptoms CoronavirusThe first reported case is believed to have started at a seafood market in Wuhan, China.

Common symptoms of the Novel Corona Virus are:

  • Fever;
  • cough;
  • shortness of breath;
  • difficulty breathing.

In severe cases, the virus can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even be fatal.

The Coronavirus has spread to Beijing and Guangdong in China but also to Thailand, Japan, South Korea and also the USA.

As of January 20, 2020, over 278 cases have been confirmed of infections and at-least 6 people have passed away due to complications caused by the 2019 n-CoV virus.

CoronavirusThe chances of this virus spreading widely are increasing due to the upcoming Chinese celebration of Lunar New Year and the increase of traveling to and from China. The WHO has not yet declared any travel restrictions for China.

However, the Department of Public Health in Aruba is closely monitoring the international development of this new Novel Coronavirus. The DVG is also planning its next steps based on the recommendations of the International Emergency Committee of the WHO. Based on the WHO’s advisory, the DVG will start screening patients with respiratory illnesses, especially travelers who recently visited one of the affected areas.

The DVG will keep a close eye on the development of the Corona Virus and will notify the public accordingly.

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