Novel Coronavirus – 2019-nCoV

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency over a new coronavirus that has killed at least 427 people in China.

More than 20,400 cases have been reported worldwide including Malaysia. There 10 reported cases in Malaysia and one of them is a 41-year-old man from Selangor.

What is Coronavirus?

It is a virus with a distinct pedal-shaped projection on the corona. The virus is common in birds and mammals.

Referring to WHO website, coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as SARS and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

Coronovires are zoonotic, which means it can be transmitted to humans. The Wuhan virus is the seventh coronavirus that can infect humans, affecting the respiratory system.

Some of the infections are mild while others such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) that were first isolated in 2003 and 2012, respectively, are much more dangerous.

Mammals and birds are the natural hosts (reservoirs) of coronaviruses. They carry the viruses in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts without showing signs of infection.

Often, these viruses have an intermediate host before they can infect humans. We know that the natural and intermediate hosts of SARS-CoV are bats and civet cats, while the ones for MERS-CoV are bats and camels.

A novel coronavirus, identified by Chinese authorities on January 7 and named 2019-nCoV, is a new strain that had not been previously identified in humans.

Explanation video from WHO about Novel Coronavirus (2019-CoV)

What are the symptoms?

According to the WHO, signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

In more severe cases, it can lead to pneumonia, SARS, kidney failure and even death.

The incubation period of the coronavirus remains unknown. Some sources say it could be between 10 and 14 days.

What We Can Do?

No vaccine is available against the virus. Antibiotics will not work since the disease is caused by a virus. What we can do is take precautions commonly practiced to prevent respiratory flu-like illness.

Drink plenty of water, stay healthy and practice good personal hygiene by washing or disinfecting your hands regularly, especially after touching surface or fomites.

Wear a surgical mask and avoid being in close contact with people who are from infected areas.

Refferences:

SEAOHUN Fellowship Program 2018

What are the objectives of the fellowship?

  • To provide fellows with practical, trans-disciplinary experience in
    One Health projects and programs
  • To encourage fellows to integrate and apply One Health experience
    and knowledge into their professional practice
  • To develop and foster an active community of fellowship alumni for
    the One Health Workforce

What are the host organizations?

Approved international organizations are those concerned with animal
and/or human public health, including FAORAP, CIRAD, ILRI, OIE SRR-SEA,
CU VET AMR, WCS/ PREDICT-2 Vietnam, Thai CUOH and PREDICT-2
Indonesia.

Who may apply?

Early to mid-career professionals under age 40 with at least a Bachelor’s
Degree obtained by the time of fellowship commencement (Master’s
Degree is preferred) from the fields of public health, medicine, nursing,
veterinary medicine, epidemiology, laboratory sciences, environmental
health and other One Health related fields. Applicants must be citizens of
SEAOHUN member and expansion countries; Thailand, Indonesia,
Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.
Applicants must be able to participate as a full-time fellow at the
designated host organization at least 3 months and have professional
competency in spoken and written English. Priority will be given to
transdisciplinary fellowships (e.g., a veterinarian wishing to be a fellow
with a human health organization).

How many fellowships will be awarded?

Eight fellowships will be funded in 2018.
What is the length of the fellowship?
Fellowships must be at least 3 months and not longer than 5 months in
duration.

Where can the fellowships take place?

Fellowships will be based in designated host organization offices in
SEAOHUN member or expansion countries. The fellowship may not take
place in the applicants’ country of origin.

What type of support is included?

• A monthly stipend of approximately $1,500
• One return, economy class international air ticket
• Travel insurance and VISA fees if required

What are the deadlines?

• Applications must be received by 6 April 2018
• Successful applicants will be notified by May 2018, through
SEAOHUN facebook and website.
• A mandatory Fellowship Orientation will be held in May or July 2018
• All fellowships must be completed by December 2018

Where the completed list of fellowship Host organizations 2018 and
application form can be downloaded?

To download both documents, please access: SEAOHUN Fellowship

Contact person:
Jutamart Jattuchai (May)
Program officer, SEAOHUN Secretariat at jutamart@seaohun.org
https://www.facebook.com/seaohun or www.seaohun.org

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