Africa’s first case of the viral coronavirus has been recorded in the continent’s Western country of Ivory Coast by health authorities.
A female student who arrived in the country from China was first tested for the deadly airborne virus, reports CNN.
The coronavirus has reportedly killed at least 80 people in the mainland Chinese city of Wuhan where it originated from.
The 34-year-old student traveled from Beijing to the Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport in Abidjan on Saturday and was coughing, sneezing and experienced difficulty breathing, Ivory Coast’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene said in statement.
She had since been moved to a safe location upon arrival at the airport and is currently under medical observation. Authorities also say it is highly likely a case of pneumonia and not coronavirus, but the final diagnosis will be made after the analysis of the test result.
Coronavirus are a large group of viruses that are common among animals, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They can be transmitted from animals to humans. The viruses can make people sick, usually with a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold.
Symptoms include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, and infected persons may have headaches and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days.
About 2700 coronavirus cases have been confirmed and the death toll now at 80, as 15 cities across China have been placed under full or partial lockdown. It has also spread to about 13 other countries so far and they include the US, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong, France, and South Korea.