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The first case of a new Chinese killer virus recorded in the United States

On January 21, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially confirmed the first case of a new deadly coronavirus in the United States. Recall that as a result of the disease caused by this virus, six people have already died in China, writes USA Today.

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CDC and Washington state officials said a 30-year-old man diagnosed with the virus is at the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. His condition is satisfactory. Symptoms appeared on January 19, the diagnosis was confirmed on January 20.

Nancy Messonier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the news was “worrying.”

“We are still at the beginning of the investigation,” the expert said.

Representatives from the CDC, which last week launched enhanced health checks at airports in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, said Atlanta and Chicago would be added to the list. According to officials, all flights from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak began, to the United States are now heading to these airports.

Over the past few weeks, the virus has been diagnosed in hundreds of people in China. Most cases were reported in the central city of Wuhan. But the virus spread to other parts of the country, several cases of the disease were diagnosed in Thailand, South Korea and Japan.

The World Health Organization is convening a coronavirus expert group on January 22 in Geneva, Switzerland, to determine if the outbreak is an international public health emergency and how to deal with it.

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The first cases were related to the seafood market in Wuhan. Chinese officials said this week that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed.

“Coronavirus can lead to severe and potentially fatal pneumonia,” said Robert Glatter, an ambulance doctor at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. - People with chronic lung disease may be at a higher risk of "adverse effects."

“We must be vigilant to ensure that there are adequate screening processes at all US airports,” Glatter said.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more severe ailments such as pneumonia, the Middle East respiratory syndrome known as MERS, and severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS.

Common symptoms may include:

  • heat;
  • dry cough (appears after 2-7 days);
  • at the beginning of the disease, slight breathing difficulties;
  • gastrointestinal problems;
  • diarrhea;
  • general body aches.

In severe form:

  • high temperature (100,4 F or 38 C and above);
  • pneumonia;
  • kidney failure;
  • death.

The virus can be transmitted from animals to humans. But it can also spread by coughing, sneezing, and in close contact with an infected person or object that carries the virus.

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Coronaviruses, Ebola and SARS are zoonotic, which means they are transmitted between animals and humans. Ebola was carried by fruit bats that spread it among other animals. SARS was transmitted from civet to people, and MERS from camels to people.

There is no vaccine against the new virus yet, although nine studies are exploring the development of such agents. And although there is no special treatment for coronavirus, the recommendations are similar to the methods for treating the common cold: rest and heavy drinking.

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