Coronavirus kills man in South Africa in what is thought to be new virus

South Africa Health Mnts ID New Variant of Coronavirus

The Health Department of South Africa has identified a new variant of a novel coronavirus. It is not the same serotype as the one found in Saudi Arabia. There are no reported cases of anyone being infected with this novel variant. It appears to be a strain of a corona virus:

Hl.130: Severe new respiratory illness seen with small pneumonia with diarrhea.

Severe new respiratory illness seen with small pneumonia with diarrhea. Hl.119: Heavy weight loss.

Heavy weight loss. Hl.129: Severe respiratory illness, cough, cough-chronic lower respiratory tract infections (full body soreness and conjunctivitis).

Severe respiratory illness, cough, cough-chronic lower respiratory tract infections (full body soreness and conjunctivitis). Hl.125: Severe respiratory illness, cough, cough-pneumonia.

Severe respiratory illness, cough, cough-pneumonia. Hl.331: Severe respiratory illness, vomiting, abdominal pain.

Severe respiratory illness, vomiting, abdominal pain. Hl.345: Severe respiratory illness, hemorrhage.

Severe respiratory illness, hemorrhage. Hl.633: Severe respiratory illness, clots.

Severe respiratory illness, clots. Hl.735: Severe respiratory illness, hemorrhage.

Some of the symptoms of this coronavirus appear to closely resemble other viral respiratory illnesses. To further analyze this new strain of the virus, South Africa will test it for flaviviruses, the most common. Hl.130 and Hl.119, the serotypes that the new variant of the virus appears to be, are both members of coronavirus family. The World Health Organization has not yet declared this new strain a new or novel infection.

More about coronaviruses: The second (smaller) version, H1N1, is thought to have spread from bats. Earlier this week in Bahrain, the South African health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, visited a 27-year-old patient who died due to an attack from a virus not related to rhinos, even though her cases were within 24 hours of each other. If this new corona virus is found to have originated from bats, it could then grow into a virus into the new coronavirus. Any time a new virus begins to emerge, people should remain extremely vigilant.

Sharing or consuming unwashed fruits, vegetables and other foods can be a significant risk for spreading this virus. If you are not sure whether the food that you or your loved ones have eaten was washed properly, it is time to throw it away.

SOURCE: Republic of South Africa, World Health Organization, Mashpee-Asayesh Coronavirus Center.

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