Kenya has so far reported one case of a patient with the deadly Coronavirus.
Kitui County Chief officer for health and sanitation, Richard Muthoka said that the patient was among 18 Chinese workers who returned to Kenya recently from vacation in China.
He said he was the only one who developed symptoms similar to coronavirus and was isolated by the company manager at a house in the company’s Mutomo camp.
“We have received information that he is held in isolation in a house on the company site and cooks have been advised to serve him food through a window,” said Muthoka.
He added that he had dispatched medical personnel from Kitui to Mutomo to try and reach the sick Chinese and draw a specimen for analysis.
“My officers were not allowed into the company site but I have advised them to get security from the Mutomo sub-county police headquarters so that they could reach the sick Chinese to get a specimen for testing,” said the County health chief.
The world is holding its breath hoping and praying that the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus disease doesn’t spread further.
The outbreak began in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in China.
So far over 1700 people are dead with over 71,000 infected.
Now, an author, Dean Koontz, who specializes in thrillers, wrote about a disease similar to the Corona Virus and even predicted it would spread in 2020.
The book, Eyes of Darkness, was published back in 1981.
It follows the story of a mother who sends her son on a camping trip with a leader who has led this trip into the mountains 16 times before without mishap; that is until this time.
Every single camper and leader and driver die with no explanation.
As the grieving mother who is the protagonist begins to accept the fact that her son, Danny, is dead she starts getting vicious bully-like attacks from nowhere saying he is not dead, such as writing on chalkboards, words from printers and other various ‘signs’.
Along with her new friend, Elliot Stryker, Christina Evans sets out to find out what could have possibly happened on the day that her son ‘died’.
The book describes the mysterious virus – a dangerous biological weapon called Wuhan 400 – created by a Chinese scientist who defected from his country to the United States.
“It afflicts only human living creature can carry it. And like syphilis, Wuhan-400 can’t survive outside a living human body for longer than a minute, which means it can’t permanently contaminate objects or entire places the way anthrax and other virulent microorganisms can.” The book reads.
The crime thriller adds,
“Almost more baffling than the illness itself will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again ten years later, and then disappear completely.”
Check out the excerpts from the book.
The older edition of the fiction-based book mentioned a virus Gorki-400 as a production of the Soviet Union in place of Wuhan-400 as a biological weapon of China.
The book was republished in 1996 where Wuhan-400 was used instead on Gorki-400.