Honduran, first possible Covid-19 patient in Latin America

The first possible patient from Covid-19 arrived in Honduras, and was detected at the Toncotín International Airport in the capital, health sector sources revealed to the press.

The patient, who has already been admitted to the hospital, came from Taiwan and had contact with a patient with "respiratory symptoms", who is now in Los Angeles, United States, and is being monitored by health authorities.

The woman was immediately admitted to the National Cardiopulmonary Institute (Torax) in a wheelchair and covered from head to toe, according to news reports.

Contrary to this information, National Health Secretary Alba Consuelo Flores denied that it was possible to confirm that she had this disease but said she presented "respiratory symptoms," reported La Prensa.

It was confirmed that she was sent to the National Cardiopulmonary Institute to begin the corresponding check-ups and evaluate her condition. The patient is 53 years old and is of Honduran origin, reported the local newspaper El Heraldo.

If it is considered a case of the new Coronavirus the disease could be called a pandemic, since the World Health Organization (WHO) stipulated that to be called this disease all continents must have patients, America was not considered completely since only the United States had patients.

With information from Notimex.

HONDURAS ISOLATES NINE PEOPLE ON SUSPICION OF CORONAVIRUS

Seven citizens from China, one from France and one from South Korea who entered Honduras have been isolated to be evaluated for the Wuhan coronavirus, while authorities assure that the country does not have any suspicious cases of the virus, an official source informed Friday.

Coronavirus medics. Illustrative photo / Agencies
Coronavirus medics. Illustrative photo / Agencies

Deputy Health Minister Roberto Cosenza told journalists that the nine foreigners, of whom he did not specify details, entered the country "in the last few days" and are being evaluated, according to the International Health Regulations, as part of the protocols to prevent the possible entry of the virus.

"So far we have nine people registered, seven from China, one from France and one from South Korea, all of whom are asymptomatic, that is, they have not shown any symptoms of the coronavirus," he said.

The official highlighted the work of the International Health Offices (IHO) at the airports, where the nine citizens from China, France, and South Korea have been "followed up".

Three tourists from China and one from the United States who were on epidemiological surveillance in Honduras at the end of January "without symptoms" of the coronavirus, returned yesterday to their country of origin, said, Cosenza.

The symptoms of the new coronavirus, provisionally named 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organization (WHO), are in many cases similar to those of a cold, but can be accompanied by fever and fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (difficulty breathing).

Cosenza said that Honduras has ruled out closing its borders or imposing restrictive measures on people coming from China because of the coronavirus, and insisted that so far no suspected cases have occurred in the country.

She stressed that the World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend that people from that Asian country should be prevented from entering.

The WHO declared on January 30 that the outbreak of coronavirus that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan constitutes a health emergency of international scope, a measure that confirms the seriousness and risks of this situation.

Health authorities in Honduras, Cosenza added, once again urged the population to implement a series of prevention and hygiene measures.

These measures include washing hands with soap and water, not kissing or shaking hands, avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth without washing hands, and avoiding contact with people infected with the virus.

This virus, which causes Wuhan's pneumonia, has killed 636 people and more than 31,000 have been infected, according to official figures in China.

By Mexicanist Source EFE