As concern and preventative measures increase around the world, a second possible case of the Wuhan virus has been reported in Canada.
According to Ontario’s chief medical officer, the second presumptive case is the wife of the man who is thought to be the first presumptive case. Official confirmation that the case involves the coronavirus will come later today from Canada’s top microbiology lab, although the Ontario microbiology lab already said their results showed it was the Wuhan coronavirus.
The virus is officially named as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV.
The couple had recently returned to Toronto from a trip to Wuhan China. The man, in his 50’s is in isolation in hospital where he’s been since last Thursday and is reported in stable condition. His wife is in self-isolation apparently at home, but is being followed by medical officials.
Health officials have also been trying to track individuals who may have been sitting beside or near the couple on board the flight.
There are now cases reported in several Asian countries, Australia, US, France and Canada.
At present there are over 2,700 cases in China with over 80 deaths, and reportedly, many thousands more “under observation”.
Health officials in Canada say the risk of infection here is still low, nevertheless, protective face masks in Toronto, especially the N-95 respirator models have been selling out at hardware and other supply stores. One store owner said some Chinese Canadians have bought cases of the mask (160 masks ea) and shipping them to relatives in China. In west coast British Columbia, it’s the same story with a rush on the respirators. The N-95 filters out 95 per cent of particulate matter.
Presently, the World Health Organisation has not declared this to be a public health emergency of national concern, and PAHO has assessed the public health risk as low for Canada and for Canadian travelers
- CBC: Jan 27/20: 2nd presumptive case of coronavirus confirmed in Ontario
- Arirang News (S.Korea) Jan 26/20: (Youtube) TV news report
- BBC: Jan 26/20: China coronavirus ‘spreads before symptoms show’
- CBC: M Ghoussoub: Jan 23.20: Masks are flying off shelves in B.C., but using them has ‘no proven benefit’ against coronavirus
- Blog TO: L. O’Neil: Jan 26/20: Toronto stores selling out of N-95 masks