Novel coronavirus pneumonia cases have been identified in many countries in recent days. The WHO called on all countries to investigate early cases. It is worth noting that in July last year, the US media reported an outbreak of a fatal respiratory disease of unknown cause in Virginia.
The symptoms of the patients with fatal diseases in the elderly care community include fever, cough, pain, etc
A deadly disease broke out in the Greenspring retiree community in Springfield, Virginia, the ABC Daily reported last July 12. At that time, 54 people were infected with the disease, and 2 deaths related to the disease occurred.
Symptoms include fever, cough, pain, asthma, hoarseness and weakness, and pneumonia, the report said. Two elderly patients who died of pneumonia were hospitalized, and their health status was complicated.
Local health officials have tested patients for swabs to determine which virus or bacteria caused the outbreak, ABC reported. Fairfax County Health Bureau announced that although samples of patients were tested, it did not find out which pathogen caused the outbreak.
According to Fairfax County Health Bureau, on June 30, 2019, the “green spring” community found the first case of this unexplained respiratory disease. As of July 15, 2019, the number of deaths related to the disease in the community increased to 3, with 63 community residents suffering from the disease and 19 staff suffering from symptoms.
△ official website of Fairfax County Health Bureau, Virginia
A biological laboratory near the community was closed mysteriously
According to ABC News, the community is only an hour’s drive from the U.S. biological laboratory that was mysteriously closed last year and quickly restarted this year. Some suspect that last year’s outbreak in the community was the new coronavirus, but the reporter reporting the news denied the claim, saying the local health department’s test concluded that the spread was caused by Haemophilus influenzae. However, many netizens suggest testing the community members to see if they have antibodies to the new coronavirus. In August 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention suddenly ordered the temporary closure of the U.S. Army Institute of infectious diseases medicine in Fort DRICK. According to the New York Times, some of the suspended laboratory studies involved toxins that had been identified by the government as “a serious threat to the public, animal and plant health or animal and plant products.”. The CDC declined to release information about the decision, citing “national security reasons.”.
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Expert: this outbreak is unusual. Respiratory diseases are not likely to occur in summer
Experts say the outbreak in Virginia is unusual.
Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, of Fairfax County Health Bureau, Virginia, said: “in this kind of nursing home, people are in close contact with each other. When someone has potential health problems, the risk of disease outbreak will rise sharply. Respiratory disease outbreaks are not uncommon in elderly care settings, but they are in the summer. Generally speaking, respiratory diseases are less likely to occur in summer. “
According to the Washington Post on August 2, 2019, Jonathan Foucault, a Virginia Health official, found that in the summer of 2019, the number of reported outbreaks of respiratory diseases increased by about half, including in the “green spring” community.
△ Washington Post screenshot
In the local area, by the middle of May every year, the flu season will pass, and by October, the flu will return. Virginia has seen 19 outbreaks of respiratory diseases in non flu seasons in 2019, compared with 13 in 2018 and 15 in 2017, Foucault said.