Health Alert – Covid-19 (coronavirus) in Algeria

Health Alert –  Covid-19 (coronavirus) in Algeria

Covid-19 (coronavirus) has been conformed in Algeria, thus making it the second African country to report this.

In a statement released on Tuesday by WHO said the Covid-19 was detected in an adult Italian who arrived in the country February 17 and was reported by the ministry of health, population and hospital reform of Algeria.

Based on this report, WHO is already preparing to deploy a team of experts to Algeria to support health authorities.

 

With the report of this new case, it implies that all Africa countries, especially the 13 countries which had earlier been identified as the high risk, are to enhance their surveillance and preparedness.

WHO in preparation for the an eventual importation of disease had listed 13 Africa countries (Egypt, Algeria, South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Morocco, Sudan, Angola,Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and Tunisia) as having the highest ‘importation risk’.

These countries have been WHO’s top priority for preparedness measures due to their direct links or high volume of travel to China.

The respiratory disease, which has killed over 2000 people, is capable of spreading through human-to-human contact, droplets carried through sneezing and coughing, and germs left on inanimate objects.

Symptoms of the disease can include a sore throat, runny nose, fever or pneumonia and can progress to multiple organ failure or death in some severe cases.

 

 

 

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