In case you’re unaware, Singapore has just confirmed its fifth case of the Wuhan virus.
It’s yet another imported case wherein the patient had travelled to Singapore from Wuhan, China. The difference compared to the previously confirmed cases?
She did not stay in a hotel but in a Singapore residence in Marine Parade where her family lives.
Just like some of the other cases, she was not running a temperature or have any symptoms when she passed the temperature screening at Changi Airport and that’s undeniably the scary part.
On the other hand, other countries have been breathing sighs of relief because their home has been Wuhan virus-free.
However, this relief is evidently shortlived.
Germany, Canada & Cambodia All Confirm Their First Wuhan Virus Case
Germany, Canada and Cambodia have all confirmed their first case of the Wuhan Virus.
In Germany, the southern region, Bavaria, has been hit with a case. Their ministry said, “A man in the Starnberg region has been infected with the new coronavirus”.
He is currently being observed in an isolation ward. No further information was provided but it is understood that he’s in a “medically good state”.
Germany has since advised its citizens to refrain from travelling to China, especially the central Hubei province.
But the question is, how did the virus even get to Germany?
Notably, France was the first European country to be hit by the Wuhan virus. Currently, it has three confirmed cases of the virus.
Cambodia Wuhan Virus
Cambodia too has confirmed their first case of the coronavirus, according to Health Minister Mam Bunheng. The patient is a Chinese national in the coastal city of Sihanoukville.
No further information was provided regarding the case.
Canada Wuhan Virus
Canada has not been spared by the Wuhan virus either as the first case of the coronavirus had been officially confirmed on 27 January 2020.
The man had recently returned to Toronto from Wuhan and was taken to the hospital via ambulance. The latest update is that now, his wife might have the coronavirus as well and is considered “presumptive positive”.
She is currently in self-isolation and both husband and wife are in their 50s.
It’s pretty evident that the Wuhan virus is spreading all over the world, and fast, mostly via imported cases. Hopefully, the authorities figure out a way to clamp down on this.
Here’s what you can do to minimise your risk of contracting the disease:
- Avoid contact with live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
- Observe good personal hygiene;
- Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
- Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath;
- Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose of the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
- Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.
You can read more about the latest Wuhan virus updates in MOH’s website.