Wuhan virus: Japan confirms second case

A monitor displays a thermographic image of passengers passing through a quarantine station at Narita Airport in Japan.
A monitor displays a thermographic image of passengers passing through a quarantine station at Narita Airport in Japan.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

TOKYO (AFP, REUTERS) - Japan’s health ministry said on Friday (Jan 24) that it had confirmed the country’s second case of a novel coronavirus strain, in a man who travelled from the Chinese city of Wuhan. 

In a statement, the ministry said the man in his 40s was a resident of the Chinese city where the outbreak began and arrived in Japan on Jan 19. 

He reported having had a fever for several days before his arrival but said that his condition had stabilised by the time of his arrival in Japan. 

On Wednesday, he reported a fever and is now in a Tokyo hospital receiving treatment, the ministry said. 

The statement added that the man denied having visited the market in Wuhan identified as the source of the outbreak, and said he had worn a medical mask while travelling.

The case was confirmed just over a week after Japanese authorities reported the country’s first incidence of the new virus that has killed 18 and infected hundreds of others. 

The outbreak has prompted China to effectively quarantine some 20 million people, but the World Health Organisation said on Thursday that the disease did not yet constitute a global health emergency.