CDC urges caution against novel coronavirus
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday urged local physicians to exercise caution after the United Kingdom reported a possible case of human-to-human infection of the novel coronavirus that has ravaged several parts of the world.
February 15, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The CDC was informed by the World Health Organization of the case, in which two British citizens were both infected with the virus after having come in close contact.
According to the CDC, the two were relatives.
One of them had traveled to Pakistan and got sick while in Saudi Arabia. He was then hospitalized in the United Kingdom and diagnosed with the H1N1 virus and the novel coronavirus.
The other had not traveled, but did come in close contact with the first person.
British health authorities are investigating whether the two had come in close contact with others.
According to the CDC, this could be a communicable infection of the virus, although at this stage no continuous human-to-human transmissions have been reported.
“We at the CDC will continue to monitor the situation both domestically and internationally and will strengthen health inspection efforts at borders,” the agency said.
“Meanwhile, we urge medical professionals to exercise caution and report any cases of infections immediately,” it added.
Caution should also be taken by travelers and tourist guides, especially those traveling to the Middle East, the CDC said, adding that they should wash their hands frequently and maintain personal hygiene.
“Travelers should avoid coming into contact with anyone with respiratory illnesses,” the CDC said. “Furthermore, those who are ill and have recently returned from the aforementioned areas should report their condition immediately to immigration officials and abide by whatever treatment or quarantine measures directed by health professionals.”
According to the CDC, the virus has a dormant period of seven to eight days and will lead to acute respiratory diseases.
Some patients have suffered from renal failure and died from the disease, the agency said.