Mumbai: Two suspected cases of the ‘Wuhan Virus’ that has been spreading like wildfire in China were detected in Mumbai. The news has caused quite a stir as the government had already placed all international airports on high alert. The passengers returning from China with symptoms of the virus were ordered to send to the isolated wards on the immediate basis. All private doctors in Mumbai have been asked to remain cautious and to alert the authorities as soon as they come across any suspected case of the virus.
Last year, a ‘Coronavirus’ was detected in China. Currently, the ‘Wuhan virus’, identified as a new strain of the same ‘Coronavirus’ has been wreaking havoc in China. Moreover, Wuhan virus cases have been reported in the countries of the US, the UK, Korea and Thailand. As the word about the coronavirus outbreak spread outside China, the Indian Ministry of Health had issued a travel advisory. Passengers travelling to China were advised to take a few precautionary measures as also the passengers arriving in India from China were ordered to undergo a thermal screening.
As many as 1789 passengers were thermal screened at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai for the coronavirus since January 19,2020. Among them, two were suspected to have shown the symptoms of Wuhan virus. Following to which, they both were admitted to the isolation ward created in the Kasturba hospital at Chinchpokli and are kept under observation. Reportedly, doctors are awaiting the results of the tests.
Further, the BMC has asked the private doctors to stay alert. The BMC has ordered that any one returning from China lately with the symptoms, if tested positive for Wuhan virus, should be sent to the isolation ward in the Kasturba hospital. Besides Kasturba hospital, an isolation facility has been created in Naidu hospital in Pune too.
Common symptoms of the ‘Wuhan virus’ include fever as well as respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breathe.