Philippines investigates suspected case of Chinese virus

Published On: January 21, 2020 03:25 PM NPT By: Reuters

MANILA, Jan 21: Philippine health authorities are investigating the case of a five-year-old Chinese boy with a travel history to Wuhan, the central city where a new coronavirus was first discovered after he showed flu-like symptoms before arriving in the country.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the boy tested positive for coronavirus, but it could not be ascertained what strain until the government gets back samples it sent to Australia.

He was confined to a hospital several hours after arriving in Cebu City in the central Philippines on Jan. 12 with his mother, after he manifested a fever, throat irritation and cough, Duque told a media briefing.

Authorities in China have confirmed the virus can be spread through human contact, reporting 15 medical staff had been infected and a fourth person had died.

The Philippines health ministry also said it was monitoring three other Chinese nationals who arrived from China with flu-like symptoms, but without any history of travel to Wuhan.

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