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29 Feb 2020 | 03:03 PM UTC

Azerbaijan: First case of COVID-19 confirmed February 28

Azerbaijan News Alert

Government confirms first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) on February 28; further spread of the virus expected over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 3/2/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Baku). COUNTRY/REGION Azerbaijan

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Event

On Friday, February 28, Azerbaijan's health authorities announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. The patient - a Russian citizen - recently arrived from Iran, which is severely impacted by the virus, with 388 confirmed cases recorded as of Saturday, February 29.

Further international spread of COVID-19 is expected over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). 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 numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On February 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the risk of spread and the risk of impact of the virus is "'very high' at global level."

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

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
  • If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
  • Adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments

In the case that symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness emerge either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider. Travelers returning from China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran, who develop symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to avoid potential spread of the disease.

 

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