KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 2020: The Health Ministry has confirmed the fourth case of Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in the country.
The new case does not have any connection to the three other cases reported earlier.
Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said it involves a 40-year-old man from Wuhan, who came to Johor Baru on Jan 22 via a bus from Singapore with 17 other tourists from China.
“The man started exhibiting signs of a fever on Jan 23 and the next day he sought treatment at a private hospital there, ” Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement
He said the man was referred to Sultanah Aminah Hospital’s Infectious Disease Medical Team in Johor Baru as tests to trace and verify the case was carried out by the Medical Research Institute.
The National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) yesterday received a report that the sample taken from the man was positive for 2019-nCoV,.
Dr Noor Hisham said the man was still suffering from fever and a cough, but was otherwise in a stable condition.
The State Health Department tracked down the 17 others in the tour group but initial screenings revealed none of them have any symptoms of the virus.
They were nonetheless placed under observation and quarantine orders while awaiting the test results of clinical samples at the Sungai Buloh National Public Health Laboratory,.
The three earlier cases were also China nationals from Wuhan, family members of a 66-year-old Chinese patient confirmed in Singapore recently.
The victims were the 65-year-old wife of the patient in Singapore, and their two grandchildren aged two and 11 years old.
The patients were part of a group of 10 that had travelled to Singapore from Guangzhou on Jan 20.