Health alert! Coronavirus outbreak confirmed in China


The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a health alert on coronavirus.

According to the CDC and WHO, coronavirus is zoonotic. Meaning it is transmitted between animals and human. However, infected person can spread the virus to the other.

So far China and 5 other countries have confirmed coronavirus cases as at today, Wednesday January 22, 2020.

The countries include; Japan, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Thailand and USA.

So far, 9 deaths have been recorded with 441 confirmed coronavirus cases. 25 cases fully recovered with 170 suspected cases.

Runny nose, headache, fever, cough, sore throat, general feeling of being unwell are the signs and symptoms of the disease. It can also cause bronchitis or pneumonia.

  1. Meanwhile, an International Public Health Expert, Douglas Adu Fokuo who spoke on Dinpa Anopa bosuo on Dinpa 91.3FM Wednesday January 22 advised the general to public to avoid direct contact with sick people (especially anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms) and farm animals or wildlife. As part of the prevention measures, he added advised again that, “Wash hands with soap under running water regularly but when necessary (after contact with public facilities, after toilet, before food preparation, before eating, before breastfeeding a baby, when caring for the sick, and the likes)Cook meat and egg thoroughly. Eat warm food. Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing Do not spit publicly.”

A statement signed by the Health Minister, Hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu said, “as part of measures to prevent the outbreak in Ghana, passengers from China will undergo enhanced screening procedures including the administration of health questionnaire. Health officials have also been alerted to prepare and manage cases in case of an outbreak.”

Below is the statement from the Ministry

Ghana/ Nyarko Abronoma

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