Suspected COVID-19 case in Oaxaca tests negative
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Suspected COVID-19 case in Oaxaca tests negative

Mexico City
Perla Fernanda & Fernando Miranda
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Until now, no positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Mexico

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The Health Ministry is analyzing a new suspected COVID-19 case in Oaxaca. It is a 68-years-old who was hospitalized for presenting the antecedent of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

The federal agency informed that until now, there have been no positive coronavirus cases in Mexico and the woman’s health is stable.

On February 15, health authorities confirmed that the suspected COVID-19 case in Oaxaca tested negative. So until now, there are still no positive cases of the disease that has caused worldwide panic registered in Mexico.

Authorities reported that the patient is in stable conditions, without respiratory conditions, and waiting to get better to go back home.

Even with the negative result, the Health Ministry urged the population to continue implementing basic hygiene measures in their daily life “for there is a wide range of respiratory diseases that can be prevented with actions.”

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Out of the dismissed cases, five were in Jalisco and four in Mexico City, while Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Guanajuato, and Michoacán reported one each.

For its part, Oaxaca’s Health Services informed that, along with the federal ministry, they have activated the protocols for epidemiological monitoring and shielding. The case is being analyzed and is the laboratory results will be known in 48 hours.

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It was the National Epidemiological Surveillance System (Sinave) who was alerted by hospital services of the National Defense Ministry (Sedena) who reported a patient with acute respiratory disease symptoms with the antecedent of having traveled to China.

The woman will remain in observation and hospital isolation; likewise, health authorities are carrying the corresponding investigations following the security protocol established by the federal agency.

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