Thailand confirms first new pneumonia virus case outside China
Updated: 2020-01-14 13:51:28 KST
A Chinese tourist in Thailand is the first confirmed case of the new pneumonia virus outside China.
The South China Morning Post says the 61-year-old female tourist from Wuhan has been receiving treatment at a hospital near Bangkok since last week.
Thai health authorities say the traveler was confirmed to have had the virus on Sunday, but she's recovering now and is ready to return home.
The authorities added they are confident they can control the situation.
According to the report, 16 people who were sitting near the patient on the same flight were examined, and their results came up negative.
The World Health Organization says it has been notified, and they're working closely with Thai and Chinese officials.
The WHO says its director-general is currently consulting with members of their emergency committee and could convene a meeting.
In a press statement Monday, the WHO suggested there is a possibility the virus could spread beyond China.
Experts say the outbreak may have been caused by a virus from the same family as SARS.
So far, of the 41 confirmed patients with the new virus in Wuhan, one has died and seven are in critical condition.
In Hong Kong, 68 cases have been reported.
All but 12 of those patients have been discharged from hospital.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.