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05 mars 2020 | 15h10 UTC

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Country confirms first COVID-19 cases March 5

Bosnia and Herzegovina Alerte de sécurité

Health minister confirms first coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on March 5; further international spread of the virus expected over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/3/2020, 12h00 until 26/3/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Sarajevo). COUNTRY/REGION Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Event

Bosnian Health Minister Alen Seranic confirmed the country's first two cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thursday, March 5. One patient is reportedly a man who works in Italy and the other is his child; they are being treated at a hospital in Banja Luka.

Further international spread of COVID-19 is expected over the near term.

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 the 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.

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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