The first case of coronavirus in Spain has been confirmed in La Gomera. This is one of the five German tourists who have been isolated since last Wednesday at the Hospital Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe on suspicion that they could have been infected in their home country by this virus since, at least two of them, they kept Direct contact with one of the four patients confirmed by the health authorities of that country. The other three compatriots were also isolated by sharing the same tourist apartment in the municipality of Hermigua.
As reported on Saturday morning the director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies of the Ministry of Health, Fernando Simón, “Both the positive case, which had a mild symptomatology, and the other five are perfectly and do not present any symptoms,” he said, although monitoring is maintained within the hospital in case they develop any changes. “Everything continues as expected.”
The National Center for Microbiology of the Carlos III Health Institute referred last night to the Canary Government the results of the analytics that were sent from the Hospital Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe and, according to the information that the Ministry of Health has transferred to the Government of the Canary Islands, one of the samples analyzed has tested positive for coronavirus.
They will continue to enter the Island
The five isolated people will continue to be admitted to the Hospital Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe where they will be given a therapeutic treatment based on antivirals that already exist in the market and that are indicated for pathologies related to respiratory infections, as explained yesterday by Domingo Núñez, chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Service of Canary Health Service.
The Ministry of Health of the regional Executive added last night that “while the evolution of patients is favorable, there will be no indication of transfer from this hospital to another from a higher level,” as both Nunez and other experts have indicated that the coronavirus can be treated With absolute guarantees in the Hospital of La Gomera, a center that has all the capacity to attend to this type of illness. Therefore, from l the department that María directs Teresa Cruz Oval, it was indicated that the continuity of the five patients in the Health Area of said hospital “remains the best option for their medical assistance”.
Domingo Núñez, head of the Epidemiology and Prevention Service of the Canary Health Service, said hours before knowing the result of the analysis that “in principle these people will not require more health care than what they already receive at the Hospital of La Gomera”, He said to add that it is a “respiratory infection” and, “if the tests prove positive in coronavirus, it would not be necessary to transfer to a higher level hospital.
Núñez said that this virus first detected in China “has no specific treatment but therapeutic treatment with the antivirals that exist in the market for respiratory infections.”
For his part, Professor of Parasitology of the ULL and former director of the University Institute of Tropical Diseases and Public Health of the Canary Islands, Basilio Valladares, said yesterday that Chinese experts hope that the outbreak of this coronavirus originated in Wuhan “reaches the peak in ten days decreasing from there,” a diagnosis that Valladares called “too optimistic, after seeing what is happening.
“Too much optimism”
The Professor of Parasitology of the University of La Laguna and former director of the University Institute of Tropical Diseases and Public Health of the Canary Islands, Basilio Valladares, reported yesterday that, in his opinion, Chinese experts “are being a bit optimistic” after they had communicated that “they expect the outbreak of this coronavirus originated in Wuhan “reaches the peak in ten days decreasing decreasing from there.”
The expert explained that “coronaviruses are an important family of viruses distributed throughout the animal kingdom that, on occasion, can affect the human species producing symptoms that range from a common flu to a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).” He added that “they all come from different animals and after mutations produced in their genome they adapt to living in the human species.” So far there are seven coronavirus species studied that affect humans, the last being known as Wuhan 2019-nCoV.
Valladares explained that “little is still known, but thanks to the existing scientific infrastructures, it is the occasion in which more rapid progress has been made.” He added that “the complete genome of the virus is already known, sequenced by health research laboratories in China and made available to the international scientific community, thanks to which, there are already specific diagnostic techniques by RT-PCR that allow to diagnose or rule out the cases under study