A 40-Year-Old Man From Wuhan Has Now Become The 4th Infected Victim In Malaysia
Another case of the Wuhan virus in Malaysia has now brought the total number of positive cases of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to four
The latest victim is a 40-year-old man from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the outbreak's epicentre.
According to a statement by Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the man arrived in Johor by bus from Singapore on Wednesday, 22 January.
This fourth man from Wuhan is unrelated to the three others who tested positive for the virus.
The man was travelling to Johor with a group of 17 Chinese nationals
A day after arriving in the country, the man began showing symptoms on Thursday, 23 January.
He then sought treatment at a private hospital the next day before being referred to the Infectious Diseases team at Hospital Sultanah Aminah in Johor Baru.
His lab tests returned positive on Saturday evening, 25 January.
While the patient is said to be in stable condition, he still has a fever and is coughing.
Meanwhile, all 17 people including his wife and child who came in contact with the patient have now been placed under observation, according to New Straits Times.
"They are not suffering from fever and do not show any symptoms," Dr Noor Hisham said.
The Ministry of Health, meanwhile, has activated all of its Rapid Response Teams (RRT) and Rapid Assessment Teams (RAT)
According to Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, the teams that are stationed at the ministry's facilities nationwide, including hospitals and clinics, are tasked with carrying out contact tracing activities.
"Patient screening at all health facilities must be done thoroughly to ensure that cases that fit the criteria would be referred for further investigations," Dr Dzulkefly was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini.
Prior to this, the Prime Minister said that the government is not planning to stop Chinese tourists from entering Malaysia:
The Chinese government in Wuhan is building a special hospital to treat the infected. The hospital will contain about 1,000 beds:
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