Three Chinese Nationals in Sarajevo are not infected with a Coronavirus

February 25, 2020 5:00 PM

 

Three Chinese nationals brought to the University of Sarajevo Clinical Center on Tuesday have not been infected with a coronavirus, was confirmed to Klix.ba news portal.

Coronavirus testing results showed that Chinese nationals housed at KCUS were not infected and that there is no reason to panic.

Tests were made throughout the day and the results were suspiciously awaited, primarily due to citizens’ distrust of health care institutions.

KCUS director Sebija Izetbegovic said earlier that patients showed symptoms of a cold and did not come from a region affected by the coronavirus.

“We have formed special teams and the command responsibility lies with the Clinic of Infectology,” Izetbegovic said earlier.

On Monday, the country reported 508 new infections, compared with 409 on Sunday. The bulk of the new cases were in Wuhan.

The death toll in China rose by 71 to 2,663. More than 77,000 people in the country have been infected.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

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