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23 Jan 2020 | 06:49 AM UTC

Taiwan: One confirmed case of coronavirus reported January 21

Authorities announce first confirmed case of coronavirus as of January 21; take precautionary measures

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Event

On Tuesday, January 21, local authorities confirmed the first coronavirus case, which originated from Wuhan (Hubei province) in China. The 50-year-old woman, who traveled to Wuhan, was identified at Taipei's International Airport (TPE) and was directly sent to the hospital.

Further spread of the illness is possible over the near term, particularly during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.

Context

As of January 23, cases of the virus have been confirmed in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the US, and suspected cases have been reported in Singapore and Australia. The Wuhan coronavirus has killed 17 people and infected 571 others across China.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Individuals who plan to travel to or have recently returned from China, particularly Hubei province, are advised to monitor the situation and anticipate additional security checks at the airport. Individuals are advised to take precautionary measures to reduce their risk of contracting the virus:

• Avoid all contact with animals (dead or alive); avoid eating animal products that are undercooked; avoid all markets where animals are sold

• Avoid all close contact with people displaying symptoms of the disease (e.g. difficulties breathing)

• Frequently wash hands, wear a face mask

• Individuals within China developing symptoms of pneumonia are advised to seek medical attention, avoid contact with other people, and wash hands regularly

• Adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments

• Travelers returning from China developing symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to avoid spread of the disease.