Wuhan Mysterious Flu Spreads to Singapore, Media Reports

Source: South China Morning Post

Singapore has reported its first suspected case of pneumonia thats possibly linked to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where theres an ongoing outbreak of a mysterious lung infection.

The patient, a three-year-old girl with a travel history to Wuhan, is in stable condition and has been hospitalised for further assessment and treatment, the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Saturday. She has been isolated as a precautionary measure.

Preliminary tests showed that the case was positive for Respiratory Syncytial Virus, a common cause for childhood pneumonia.

The World Health Organisation is monitoring the situation in Wuhan and is in active communication with its counterparts in China, where an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the outbreak.

As of Friday, 44 people had been diagnosed with pneumonia, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said.

Some of the infected worked at a fresh seafood and produce market in the city. The girl in the suspected case in Singapore had not visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market associated with the cluster, according to the health ministry.

Singapore implemented temperature screening at Changi Airport from January 3 for all travellers arriving from Wuhan.

Hong Kongs leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has urged any travellers who develop respiratory symptoms to wear surgical masks, seek medical attention and let doctors know where they have been.

The most common symptom has been fever, with shortness of breath and lung infections in a small number of cases. There have been no clear indications of human-to-human transmission of the disease.

In Hong Kong, officials launched a new response mechanism for infectious diseases on Saturday morning, setting it to serious level, the second of a three-tier scale.

The number of suspected cases reported in Hong Kong had increased to eight on Saturday, but by evening, none of these were found to be an unidentified strain.