First Confirmed Case of New Coronavirus in Cambodia

AKP Phnom Penh, January 27, 2020 —

The first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been confirmed by the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia as of this afternoon, announced H.E. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health at a press conference here this evening.

The first case was detected in a Chinese man, Jia Jianhua, male, 60, who flew from Wuhan city of China’s province of Hubei, along with three family members, the minister said, adding that the latters’ specimens were tested negative for the deadly virus.  

According to a press release of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Jia Jianhua left Wuhan for Sihanoukville on Jan. 23 and his symptoms – fever and runny nose – were developed on Jan. 25 

The four Chinese nationals have been put in quarantine, and Mr. Jia Jianhua’s health condition is now stable and only the symptoms of normal flu remain, underlined the same source.

The ministry quoted a report of the World Health Organisation as saying that as of this morning, at 8:00, 2,744 people in China have been detected positive for the deadly epidemic, of them 80 have been reported dead. 2019-nCoV cases have been also confirmed in China’s Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the U.S., Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, France, and Australia. 

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Photo: Khem Sovannara

By Khan Sophirom