Woman with Unknown Virus Quarantined in Thailand

On Monday, a Chinese woman was quarantined in Thailand with a strain of coronavirus. Beginning the Lunar New Year, Thai authorities expect hundreds of thousands Chinese travelers to visit Thailand. Due to the outbreak of disease and this upcoming influx of tourists, authorities are upgrading the amount of monitoring in airports. 

Pneumonia, a symptom and sign of this virus has already proven to be fatal to some individuals. One being a sixty-one year-old man in the Chinese city, Wuhan, after the breakout of the unknown virus. There have been forty-one reported cases of this pneumonia, which labs and Chinese media say could be the result of a new coronavirus. These viruses have a wide range of damage scaling from not severe to fatal; coronaviruses range from common colds to SARS, a severe respiratory illness. 

According to Wuhan medical facilities six of the forty-one cases of pneumonia were in serious medical condition, while seven had been discharged and sent home. One of which was the sixty-one year-old woman who was quarantined on Wednesday. Although finding a strain of this unknown coronavirus Thai Health Ministry claimed to have given the woman treatment and sent her home.

After this outbreak, China and Thailand officials are working with the World Health Organization to find a cause to this outbreak. Ultimately, they linked the outbreak to a seafood market in Wuhan that had spread. World Health Organization directors will meet with international experts to conclude a plan of action if needed, assessing the course and risks of the outbreak.

The World Health Organization also released the statement, “The possibility of cases being identified in other countries was not unexpected, and reinforces why WHO calls for on-going active monitoring and preparedness in other countries,” warning the public of the international health risk that could potentially be severe.