First case of coronavirus detected in Thailand

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): The Thai Public Health Ministry has revealed that a 61-year-old Chiinese woman from Wuhan city is the first patient in the country to be infected with the new Coronavirus.

However, the condition of the patient is not severe and she is ready to return to her homeland.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Monday (Jan 13) that Thailand has implemented measures for screening patients travelling from Wuhan city since Jan 3 at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang, Phuket and Chiang Mai airports, and stepped up surveillance at public and private hospitals.

There are 12 patients that showed signs of the condition but most have seasonal influenza.

Eight patients with a high fever were detected by a thermo-scan at Suvarnabhumi Airport and treated in a separation room at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute since Jan 8.

A laboratory test on Jan 12 discovered the new Coronavirus, the first case in Thailand. The patient has been healed is ready to return to China.

Anutin asked the public not to panic as the ministry has the potential to tackle any crisis.

The ministry has international-standard diagnosis and medical care and is closely coordinating with the World Health Organization and all related departments within the airports to build trust among citizens and tourists, he said. - The Nation/Asia News Network

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