Three suspected cases of Wuhan virus in Manila hospital ‘stable’

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28) – The three people in a public hospital in Manila who showed the red flag signs of the new coronavirus infection are stable and recovering, a health official said Tuesday.

San Lazaro Hospital spokesman Dr. Ferdinand de Guzman said over CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Ngayon that the health of the isolated patients – a couple from Wuhan – the Chinese city where the new virus originated, and another man from a Chinese province is “slightly improving,” but the suspected cases remain to be under observation.

“Medyo nag-improve naman [Their condition improved a bit],” de Guzman said, referring to the condition of the three suspected cases.

“Stable [po sila], wala naman pong deterioration or walang bagong sintomas or complication like pneumonia pero under observation parin sila,” he added.

[Translation: They are stable. There is no deterioration of health. There was no development of new symptoms [of the new viral illness] or complications like pneumonia but they are still under observation.]

De Guzman said that the couple or the first two suspected cases were confined at their facility on Friday last week while the other possible case was admitted on Monday.

The first suspected case is a Chinese national from Wuhan who exhibited symptoms of the respiratory illness such as fever, common cold and cough, according to de Guzman. The second suspected case is his girlfriend who contracted a cough for being in close contact with him, he said.

These three suspected cases are among the people being closely monitored by the Philippine authorities. 

As of posting time, there is still no confirmed case of the novel coronavirus or 2019 nCoV in the Philippines, but the authorities remain on heightened alert, implementing travel restrictions to Chinese tourists and visitors from Wuhan City.

The virus has claimed the lives of 106 people and sickened over 4,000 in mainland China. It continues to spread worldwide with over 60 cases in 17 countries.

According to the World Health Organization’s guidelines, people should be tested for the the 2019-nCoV infection if they have severe acute respiratory infection, fever, as well as if they have done any of the following:

-Had direct contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus

-Had interactions with health workers of a facility tackling the illness

-Visited the animal market in Wuhan— the Chinese city at the center of the virus’ new strain

-Had contact or eaten animals from the Wuhan market.

An infected person could pass the virus through sneezing or coughing, Feng Luzhao, researcher from the Chinese Disease Prevention and Control Center was quoted as saying in a report on CNN.

People may spread the virus before symptoms of the novel coronavirus infection show, Chinese authorities warned on Sunday, but United States-based health experts said there is no clear evidence this is happening, according to CNN.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said it appears that the signs of Wuhan coronavirus infection may begin to show ten days to two weeks after exposure to to 2019-nCoV.