Initial Tests Confirm Two Coronavirus Cases in Iran

Initial Tests Confirm Two Coronavirus Cases in IranInitial Tests Confirm Two Coronavirus Cases in Iran

Iran’s Health Ministry on Wednesday said preliminary tests have confirmed the first two cases of the new coronavirus in the central city of Qom, adding that health officials will announce the final results soon.
“The early results from two samples taken from the suspected patients were positive,” the head of the Health Ministry’s public relations department said, IRNA reported.
"Medical teams were dispatched as soon as cases suspected to be infected by the coronavirus were reported. The patients were quarantined and tested. Two of the patients have tested positive for the virus," Kianoush Jahanpour added.
The official said the remaining tests are currently being conducted and the final results will be announced to the public as soon as possible.
The 2019-nCoV outbreak, which originated in a seafood and poultry market in the central city of Wuhan, China, has infected over 75,000 people worldwide.
The death toll has passed 2,000 people around the world. All but six deaths have taken place in mainland China.
Teams for the control and prevention of infectious disease have been stationed in the holy city of Qom with a population of over 1 million.
The infection mostly affects those with a weakened immune system. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. The virus spreads via respiratory droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 
Jahanpour advised, "If you experience influenza-like symptoms, refrain from going to work or school. Teams are ready to quarantine suspected cases."
The World Health Organization has issued warnings regarding the epidemic and urges the public to frequently wash their hands, cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and maintain social distance.
The disease has been detected in 25 other countries, including Japan, Thailand, the United States, South Korea, Australia, Germany and Malaysia. 


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