Coronavirus Outbreak : US in High Alert
Online Desk , LA County : Health Officials have confirmed the first case of the new strain of coronavirus in Los Angeles and Orange Counties , brought by travelers who came from the China’s city Wuhan, which is the epicenter of coronavirus outbreak. L.A County official said “Infected person who was returning from Wuhan receiving medical treatment at a local hospital ”
The Orange County patient is in good condition and is in isolation at a hospital. In both counties , the infected individual viruses were the same strain as the China’s coronavirus . In China more than 2050 people were infected and more than 50 have died by new coronavirus .
The new strain of coronavirus , know as 2019-nCoV , can cause respiratory illness and pneumonia. The Coronavirus affected illness was first reported in late December 2019 in Wuhan . Using samples of virus isolated from patients , Scientists in China have determined the genetic code of the virus and used microscope to phtograph it. The pathogen responsible for this pandemic is a new Coronavirus.
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The name of Coronavirus is comes from its shape , which resembles a crown or solar corona when imaged using an electron microscope. Like other viruses , Coronavirus also come from animals-possibly seafood or Snakes. Many of those who are infected by this deadly disease , either worked or frequently shopped in the human seafood wholesale market in the center of Chinese city Wuhan. Snakes , the Chinese Krait and the Chinese Cobra may be the original source of the deadly coronavirus.
It’s in the same family of the viruses as the well-known Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) , which have killed hundreds of people in the past 17 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) has named the Wuhan virus as the New Coronavirus 2019-nCoV .
(With Inputs from Los Angeles Times)