New Coronavirus: First person in West Africa tested for deadly virus after showing symptoms

New Coronavirus: First person in West Africa tested for deadly virus after showing symptoms

- Cote d'Ivoire has tested one person for the first case deadly Coronavirus

- An Ivorian student who traveled from Beijing to Abidjan experienced symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and difficulty breathing

- He has however been quarantined and undergoing observation

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Information reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that Cote d'Ivoire has recorded the first African case of the Wuhan coronavirus which was first identified in China.

Cote d'Ivoire’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene said in a statement Sunday, January 26, 2019, said an Ivorian student who traveled from Beijing to Abidjan experienced symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and difficulty breathing.

The student was moved to a safe location on arrival at the airport and is currently under medical observation, the ministry said.

According to Joy News reports, authorities believe it is a case of pneumonia and not coronavirus, but the final diagnosis will be made after the analysis of the tests results, the ministry said.

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The ministry however urged residents not to panic, to maintain proper hygiene and to visit the closest health center in case of fever, cough or breathing difficulties.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Ministry of Health announced that all persons coming in from China to Ghana would undergo enhanced health screening and surveillance to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus.

Health Authorities in China have confirmed the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus in December 2019 after a series of reported cases of pneumonia of unknown cause.

A press release signed by the sector Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu and reported by Citi News, assured that Ghana has in-country capacity to diagnose the infection at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.

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Nine persons have been recorded dead and 440 infected with new coronavirus in China

The virus, known also as 2019-nCoV, is said to be a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans.

Chinese health authorities say the virus can spread from human to the other.

Signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

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