A Chinese woman living in Kerry is reportedly in isolation at Kerry University Hospital after she displayed similar symptoms to that associated with the deadly Coronavirus.
Although the woman, who is said to have flu-like symptoms and respiratory problems, has not traveled to China recently, she has come in contact with people returning from China since the deadly outbreak occurred in Wuhan.
The patient was immediately placed in isolation by doctors at the hospital as a precautionary measure. Staff are reportedly following strict hygiene rules as they attempt to ensure the case will remain isolated and controlled.
The woman’s condition is not believed to be life-threatening and she is said to be responding well to anti-viral medication. Doctors are awaiting the results of tests conducted to confirm or rule out Coronavirus.
Almost 25,000 people have been infected already, with nearly 500 fatalities as a result. The death rate is expected to rise because of the number of people infected, with a current mortality rate of two per cent.
It can sometimes take up to 14 days for the symptoms of Coronavirus to appear. They include a shortness of breath, coughing, high temperatures and breathing problems.
The deadly virus can cause kidney failure and pneumonia, whilst doctors at Wuhan Children’s Hospital have confirmed that it can be passed onto unborn children. This revelation comes after a newborn tested positive for Coronavirus, a virus the baby’s mother had already been carrying late in her pregnancy.
Three Irish citizens have been isolated in a Liverpool hospital after being evacuated from Wuhan last month. With the virus already confirmed to be present in the UK, real fear now exists that it might have already arrived in Ireland.