A student at Texas A&M University is being treated for a suspected case of the novel Wuhan coronavirus, and school officials are urging anyone with flu-like symptoms to report them to the Brazos County Health Department immediately.
According to NBC Click2Houston, doctors were quickly able to confirm the patient’s flu-like symptoms are related to the Chinese Wuhan coronavirus, and will reveal if the coronavirus has indeed infected the student as soon as the test results come back positive.
The male patient had recently traveled from Wuhan, China, which is regarded as the epicenter of the virus.
National File reported earlier on the symptoms of the virus as outlined by the CDC:
According to the CDC, Corona virus is usually spread “from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands,” and, more rarely, “fecal contamination.”
The Brazos County Health Department is urging anyone who been to Wuhan recently or is experiencing flu-like symptoms to call 979-361-4440 and seek diagnosis.
The first confirmed case of the coronavirus in the U.S. occurred yesterday in Seattle, as reported by Komo News:
The Seattle area man who is now the first confirmed U.S. patient to be diagnosed with the mysterious Wuhan coronavirus remains in isolation, and based on an interview with medical staffers his hospital stay can be described as challenging and harrowing.
The man remains under medical review, and authorities said Wednesday that they have identified 16 people who were in “close contact” with the patient and they are now being monitored in case they develop symptoms related to the virus.
Because of federal rules regarding medical privacy, the identity of the Snohomish County man who is in his 30s, is being closely guarded, and not much is known about his background.
We do know that he had traveled recently to China and arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport one week ago on a Wednesday. He reached out to health officials a few days later after he started complaining about not feeling well.
National File reported on video evidence that the coronavirus does indeed pose far more of a threat than reported by the Chinese government in an article earlier today.
In the video, a doctor can be seen tearfully pleading with his superiors for assistance because of the backlog of infected patients.