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Human-to-Human Transmission of a Novel Coronavirus in Vietnam

Human-to-Human Transmission of a Novel Coronavirus in Vietnam

This article describe transmission of Coronavirus from a father, who had flown with his wife from Wuhan to Hanoi, to his son. The findings suggest that the incubation period in the son may have been 3 days or less.

On January 22, 2020, a 65-year-old man with a history of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease for which a stent had been implanted, and lung cancer was admitted to the emergency department of Cho Ray Hospital, the referral hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, for low-grade fever and fatigue. He had become ill with fever on January 17, a total of 4 days after he and his wife had flown to Hanoi from the Wuchang district in Wuhan, where outbreaks of 2019-nCoV were occurring. He reported that he had not been exposed to a “wet market” (a market where dead and live animals are sold) in Wuhan.

Throat swabs obtained from the patient tested positive for 2019-nCoV on real-time reverse-transcription–polymerase-chain-reaction (RT-PCR) assays.

On admission to the hospital, the man was isolated and treated empirically with antiviral agents, broad-spectrum antibiotics, and supportive therapies.

Chest radiographs obtained on admission showed an infiltrate in the upper lobe of the left lung.

January 31, 2020

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