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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 28

Exported wuhan novel coronavirus infection: An expected rate with reference to main destination of Chinese tourist, Thailand


1 KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr. DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

Date of Submission28-Jan-2020
Date of Acceptance29-Jan-2020
Date of Web Publication21-Feb-2020

Correspondence Address:
Sora Yasri
KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok
Thailand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_39_20

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Exported wuhan novel coronavirus infection: An expected rate with reference to main destination of Chinese tourist, Thailand. Int J Prev Med 2020;11:28

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Exported wuhan novel coronavirus infection: An expected rate with reference to main destination of Chinese tourist, Thailand. Int J Prev Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 20];11:28. Available from: https://www.ijpvmjournal.net/text.asp?2020/11/1/28/278998



Dear Editor,

Novel coronavirus 2019 infection is a new emerging coronavirus infection. This coronavirus infection was firstly reported in China in December 2019.[1] The patients who get infection usually have an acute febrile illness with respiratory tract problems.[1],[2] The big outbreak occurs in China and becomes a serious public health problem. At present, this new disease is already imported to many countries due to international travel via an international flight. Thailand is the main destination of many Chinese tourists, therefore, it is no doubt that the first exported case of Wuhan novel coronavirus was reported from Thailand.[3]

An interesting issue is the infection exported rate, which has never been assessed. Here, the authors retrospectively assessed available data on the exported rate of Wuhan novel coronavirus infection from China to Thailand. The data on international air flight from China to Thailand during 30 December 2019 and 22 January 2020 were collected. Also, the data on the number of confirmed imported cases of Wuhan novel coronavirus infections in China to Thailand during that period were collected. Based on the studied periods, there were 26,674 Chinese traveled to Thailand from Wuhan via international flights. At the time, there were four finally confirmed imported infections among Chinese travelers. The imported rate is equal to 0.015% or 15/100,000 with expected range (95% confidence interval = 0.00563–0.03995%). This expected rate can imply the risk for any destination that there are many Chinese immigrants.

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Hsia W. Emerging new coronavirus infection in Wuhan, China: Situation in early 2020. Case Study Case Rep 2020;10:8-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Huang C, Wang Y, Li X, Ren L, Zhao J, Hu Y, et al. Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China. Lancet 2020 [Epub ahead of print]. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30183-5.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Editorial: Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and imported case. Adv Trop Med Pub Health Int 2019;9:1-2.  Back to cited text no. 3
    



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