Fifth Chinese visitor found with mystery virus

Fifth Chinese visitor found with mystery virus

Another Chinese traveller arriving in Bangkok from the pneumonia-hit city of Wuhan in central China has been quarantined, bringing the number of suspected cases of a mysterious virus to five. The woman, who arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport around noon on Wednesday, needs a thorough check because she developed fever, Department of Disease Control chief Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai said.

She is being treated at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi's Muang district where three other travellers from Wuhan had been quarantined earlier after they were detected with high body temperatures. "Officials are waiting for lab test results to identify her disease," Dr Suwanchai said.

The three others -- a three-year-old Chinese boy and two Thai female students in China -- were found to not be carrying the virus that has caused mysterious pneumonia infections to at least 59 people in Wuhan, he said. The boy, who suffered influenza A/H3N2 virus, and a 24-year-old student who had type C flu, have been discharged.

The other student, aged 22, is expected to return home today as she is recovering from a Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and bacteria-derived infections.

A Thai man, a tourist in Wuhan who was reported to have fever earlier this week, has been treated privately. His condition is improving but experts need to examine his lab test results before deciding whether to discharge him, the department chief said.


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