India at major airports is likely to monitor symptoms of new pneumonia following an outbreak in Wuhan City, initiating international passengers, particularly from China.
China reported the first death after the outbreak on Saturday. A preliminary diagnosis showed that 41 people were suffering from the new pneumonia, the PTI news agency said in a statement from the Wuhan City Health Commission.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a new type of coronavirus is the cause of the outbreak in China. Symptoms include fever, cough and chest congestion. In severe cases, this can lead to lung collapse and multi-organ failure.
The Union Ministry of Health met with WHO representatives on Wednesday to monitor the situation. “There has been a meeting with WHO representatives on the subject and the final details of what needs to be done at this stage are being worked out,” said a representative from the Ministry of Health on condition of anonymity.
“As a precaution, airport officials are currently being instructed to step up vigilance,” said the official.
Corona viruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory diseases such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). These viruses are also known to cause mild diseases such as colds.
“Corona viruses are highly contagious and very susceptible to mutations. It is difficult to predict their behavior. Since it is an acute respiratory infection, it is easy and quick to spread. However, India no longer needs to panic, ”said Dr. Ekta Gupta, chief microbiologist in a government-run hospital in Delhi.
According to the outbreak protocol, all major international airports are instructed to monitor incoming passengers suspected of having symptoms of illness, especially passengers from the outbreak region.
“The details have yet to be determined, but airports are vulnerable due to the large number of international passengers processed daily, which is why the airport authorities are being informed,” said the official.
An official from the Indian Medical Research Council said, “There are no new cases in China. There is no evidence of human-to-human transmission. It appears to be a new zoonotic corona virus. “