Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 27
By Ilhame Isabalayeva - Trend:
Azerbaijan needs to take preventive measures against the spread of coronaviruses despite the fact that there haven't been cases of contraction, the Deputy Director of Azerbaijan's State Anti-Plague Station Shair Gurbanov told Trend Oct. 27.
He said Azerbaijan is not threatened by the spread of coronaviruses, however, there should be preventive measures, just like for other infectious diseases.
Gurbanov said it was found out that the coronavirus was present among camels, and scientists suggest that the camels of the Arabian Peninsula were a source of disease.
"The symptoms of this disease are similar to flu symptoms, but the infection with the coronavirus can be confirmed only through laboratory studies," he said.
Gurbanov said the coronavirus, like other respiratory diseases, primarily affects the lungs and bronchi.
This disease's incubation period lasts from 2 to 3 days; the disease itself lasts 6 or 7 days, and with a reduced immunity, the affected person dies.
Speaking of Ebola, Gurbanov said no cases of this disease have been recorded in Azerbaijan.
"Until today, 10-12 people required information about this disease from the State Anti-Plague Station," he said.
The coronavirus cases have already been registered in Iran and Turkey. One person died of coronavirus in Turkey on Oct. 24.
The coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause a range of illnesses in humans, according to the official website of the World Health Organization (WHO). Viruses in this family also cause a number of animal diseases.
Among the coronavirus species there are the human coronavirus (HKU1), human coronavirus (OC43), human coronavirus (229E), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV), pipistrellus bat coronavirus (HKU5) and others.