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Coronavirus fears sweep Africa as undergraduate Admitted in hospital

Health authorities in Ivory Coast are investigating a suspected case of Wuhan coronavirus in a female student who arrived from China, officials have said.
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The student, whom authorities have not named, is the first person to be tested for the virus on the continent.

  
The virus has killed at least 80 people in the mainland Chinese city of Wuhan.


The 34-year-old student traveled from Beijing to the Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport in Abidjan on Saturday and was coughing, sneezing and experienced difficulty breathing, Ivory Coast's Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene said in statement.



The student was moved to a safe location upon arrival at the airport and is currently under medical observation, the ministry said.



Coronavirus are a large group of viruses that are common among animals, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans. The viruses can make people sick, usually with a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold.



Symptoms include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, and infected persons may have headaches and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days.
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