Health authorities in Ivory Coast are investigating a suspected case of Wuhan corona virus in a female student who arrived from China. The student name withheld, is the first person to be tested for the virus on the continent, according to CNN reports.
In a statement by the Ivory Coast’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, “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“.
The student was moved to a safe location upon arrival at the airport and is currently under medical observation, the ministry said. Authorities believe it is highly likely a case of pneumonia and not coronavirus, but the final diagnosis will be made after the analysis of the results of the test, the ministry said.
More than 2700 coronavirus cases have been confirmed, prompting countries around the world, including Nigeria to shore up surveillance and screening at airports, especially for travelers arriving from Wuhan in China where the outbreak began in December.
In Nigeria, the Aviation authorities said airlines operating in its airspace should update crew members on how to handle sick passengers on board their aircrafts. Pilots must report such cases to health officials on landing while also encouraging sick travelers to seek help before leaving the airport, Nigeria’s Federal Airport Agency said in a statement.
Kenya, whose national carrier Kenya Airways, operates nonstop flights from Nairobi capital to Guangzhou, has also begun screening passengers arriving from China at its airport, according to local media.
Corona virus are a large group of viruses that are common among animals, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.