Those with symptoms resembling those of a common cold should seek medical treatment
Bandar Seri Begawan - Following reports of individuals infected with the novel coronavirus in Saudi Arabia and Qatar recently, the Ministry of Health seeks" to clarify issues pertaining to the virus.
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes common cold and can infect animals and humans alike. In 2003, the coronavirus caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and has spread to more than 30 countries this year. However, no SARS cases have been reported since 2004.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Health, the latest novel coronavirus was identified as the cause of respiratory infection in three patients in Qatar and Saudi Arabia between the months of June and September. Two patients have recovered while the other passed away.
The Ministry of Health in Qatar and Saudi Arabia have submitted reports to the World Health Organization (WHO) on three more coronavirus infections that were identified and confirmed by laboratory tests on November 21. One case is from Qatar while the other two are from Saudi Arabia.
The total cases caused by the virus amount to six, including two deaths. The Health Ministries in Saudi Arabia and Qatar are currently conducting investigations on the types of diseases and the World Health Organization is also studying available information to decide on further actions to be taken. They have not, however, issued any travel restrictions to the effected countries.
Symptoms of the coronavirus illness resemble that of a common cold, which include flu, cough and a fever (38C or higher) or acute respiratory syndrome. As a precautionary measure, the Ministry of Health in Brunei advises the public who have visited the affected countries within 14 days or who suffer from similar symptoms as those mentioned above to seek treatment and medical check at health centres or the nearest hospital.
Members of the public have been urged to practise self-hygiene and avoid close contact with those infected with the flu. The ministry will monitor the situation closely and, with cooperation from the relevant agencies, precautionary steps will be taken whilst following the international guidelines from the World Health Organization.
The ministry will enhance surveillance, monitor influenza-like illnesses and pneumonia at health centres and hospitals nationwide. They will also monitor border control posts and promote awareness on the illness to the public through media and its Website.
For further information, contact the Health Line, Ministry of Health at 179 or visit their website at www.moh.gov.bn.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin