• Coronavirus prompts quarantine in city of Wuhan by Chinese Government
• The infection is reported to have started with animals passing the virus directly to humans in a sea food market
• The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is also working to reduce the risk of importation of the virus to the country.
• Click here to read more factual stories from our homepage
The Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, as the virus is known, has prompted the quarantining of the city of Wuhan, home to 11 million people, in China by the government.
It has been compared to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which led to the death of 774 deaths in 37 countries,
with most cases in China and Hong Kong, between November 2002 and July 2003.
The outbreak was first reported by Chinese officials to the World Health Organization on December 31st 2019.
Chinese authorities believe the infection may have started with animals passing the virus directly to human in a sea food market within the city of Wuhan.
The human-to-human transmission was confirmed as happening on January 20th
As of time of this report 634 people had fallen ill with 4 dead across China — including in Wuhan, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing.
Additional cases have turned up in the US, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, and South Africa.
The virus means of spreading is yet to be confirmed, however the family the virus belongs to, coronaviruses, attacks the respiratory system, sometimes targeting the cells deep within the cells.
The main symptoms that have been reported are fever followed by difficulty in breathing.
Human coronaviruses are commonly passed through: air (coughing and sneezing), close personal contact, touching an object with the virus on it, and rarely through faecal contamination, according to the American Centre for Disease Control (CDC)
Especially because the outbreak coincides with Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, Countries across Africa have issued travel alerts,
When millions travel to visit with loved ones at home and abroad, making the chance of a global pandemic plausible.
In Nigeria, the Port Health services of the federal ministry of health has heightened screening measures at the nation’s points of entry.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is also working to reduce the risk of importation of the virus to the country.
Keeping to general hygiene practices such as washing hands regularly with soap, covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing and avoiding contact with someone showing symptoms of respiratory illness have been suggested to reduce the risk of infection.