Ministry of Health ruled out the circulation of coronavirus in Ecuador

The Ministry of Health reported that the coronavirus is not circulating in the country. The authorities asked citizens to not be alarmed.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory diseases from a common cold to more serious diseases, such as the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV). It is similar to the deadly SARS, which infected more than 8,000 people and killed 774 in a pandemic that swept through Asia in 2002 and 2003.

It can cause pneumonia, the symptoms are fever and breathing difficulties. Additional tests are needed to detect it because the symptoms can be very similar to those of other respiratory diseases.

At least 6 deaths have been registered, 300 cases in Asian countries and one in the United States.

Alfredo Olmedo, National Director of Epidemiological Surveillance of the Ministry of Health Ecuador, announced that the virus is transmitted between animals and animals to humans. In addition, he asked the population to take safety and prevention measures such as constant hand washing, not self-medicate and attend health facilities for more information.

Olmedo also noted that they are working with the Foreign Ministry to adopt more security measures on trips to Asian countries, especially China, so it is necessary to strengthen any means that can give access to the migration of the virus.

«It is recommended that the population take into account prevention measures in any respiratory condition. Wash your hands frequently, avoid contact with farm or wild animals, if you have a cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with the inside angle of your elbow or handkerchief, ”he said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) will meet on Wednesday to determine whether it is necessary to declare “public health emergency of international scope”. (C.D.A.)

Source: Pichincha Comunicaciones

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