Patient’s Stool Detected With Wuhan Virus, New Transmission Route Possible
WUHAN VIRUS DETECTED IN STOOL – The outbreak of the Wuhan Coronavirus has had government and health authorities racing to contain the virus.
Recently, there were some good news regarding the virus. Doctors in Thailand claimed to have successfully cured infected patients with a combination of HIV drugs and flu treatment.
However, this good news was followed with a grim discovery – a possible new method of transmission. The stool sample of a patient tested positive for the virus.
The finding was discovered by scientist from the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University and the Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
According to an article from Straits Times, the scientists noted that some patients infected with the virus had diarrhea instead of a fever.
This meant that an oral-fecal transmission route could be possible. Previously, the mode of transmission was only known to be through virus-laden droplets from sick people infected with the virus.
In addition, the first US case of the Wuhan coronavirus was said to have experienced diarrhea before becoming ill with pneumonia. His doctors at the Providence Regional Medical Centre Everett in Washington found specimens were positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.
Currently, the death toll for the Wuhan coronavirus had surpassed that of the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).v
More than 360 people have dies due to the deadly virus. Along with this, over 17, 205 people have been infected.
In Contrast, the SARS outbreak had infected only 5,327 people in mainland China and cause 349 deaths.
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