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01 Feb 2020 | 06:40 AM UTC

Sweden: Health officials confirm first case of novel coronavirus January 31 /update 1

Sweden News Alert

First case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is confirmed in Jönköping County on January 31; further spread of the virus possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/31/2020, 12:00 AM until 2/14/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Stockholm). COUNTRY/REGION Sweden

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Event

Health officials confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Jönköping County on Friday, January 31. The infected individual had visited Wuhan (Hubei province, China) - the epicenter of the virus - before arriving in Sweden asymptomatic on Monday, January 24. She is in isolation at an infection clinic but health officials have said that she is not seriously ill; they expect the risk of a spread of the virus to be very low. 

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced that it will suspend all flights to China from Friday, January 31, through Sunday, February 9, due to 2019-nCoV.

Further international spread of 2019-nCoV is expected over the near term. 

Context

The first case of 2019-nCoV was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan. Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in more than 20 countries and territories worldwide. Human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in Germany, Japan, the US, and Vietnam. Virus screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the ongoing novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak is a "public health emergency of international concern."

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia. 

Advice

Potentially impacted travelers are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel itineraries, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments. Individuals are advised to take precautionary measures to reduce their risk of contracting the virus:

  • Avoid all contact with animals (dead or alive); avoid eating animal products that are undercooked; avoid all markets where animals are sold
  • Avoid all close contact with people displaying symptoms of the disease (e.g. difficulties breathing)
  • Frequently wash hands, wear a face mask
  • Individuals within China developing symptoms of pneumonia are advised to seek medical attention, avoid contact with other people, and wash hands regularly
  • Adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments
  • Travelers returning from China developing symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to avoid spread of the disease.

 

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