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  • Germany Coronavirus 2019-nCov - 259.725 cases, 9,423 deaths 

    h/t Diane Morin

    First case of corona virus confirmed in Germany
    The corona virus continues to spread. Now there is the first case in Bavaria.
    28.01.2020, 00:08 a.m.

    In Germany there is the first confirmed case of the MLADEN ANTONOV / AFP coronavirus
    In Germany, an infection with the novel corona virus has been confirmed for the first time. A man from the district of Starnberg in Bavaria was infected, said a spokesman for the Bavarian Ministry of Health in Munich late Monday evening.


    The ministry said in a press release that the patient was in good condition. The man is medically monitored and is isolated, it is said. The contact persons would be informed in detail and informed about possible symptoms, hygiene measures and transmission routes.

    The communication further states that the risk for the population from the "Task Force Infectiology" of the State Office for Health and Food Safety and from the Robert Koch Institute is considered low.

    Almost 2800 infections with the virus have now been confirmed worldwide. The number of deaths in China rose to 80.

    The pathogen is similar to that of the Sars epidemic
    The first people are said to have become infected at a market in Wuhan, where it is believed that wild animals traded from there spread to people. China has taken drastic measures to combat further expansion: in Hubei province, more than 45 million people have largely been isolated from the outside world. Long-distance and local traffic have been stopped.

    There is no protective vaccination or special therapy to treat the disease. However, the symptoms can be alleviated with medication.

    According to the current assessment of experts, the new type of lung disease is in most cases mild, possibly even without symptoms. According to current knowledge, most of the deaths registered in China are due to older patients with severe previous illnesses.


    The new pathogen is very similar to the virus behind the 2002/2003 Sars epidemic. At that time, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) between November 2002 and July 2003 there were only nine records in Germany. There were no deaths in the Federal Republic.
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    https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/...EU30qqAaRWkMQs
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    01/27/2020
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    Confirmed coronavirus case in Bavaria - infection control measures in progress
    A man from the district of Starnberg has been infected with the new type of corona virus. This was pointed out late Monday evening by a spokesman for the Bavarian Ministry of Health in Munich.

    According to the "Task Force Infectiology" of the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL), the patient is clinically in good condition. It is monitored medically and is isolated. The close contact persons are informed in detail and informed about possible symptoms, hygiene measures and transmission channels.

    The "Task Force Infectiology" of the LGL and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) currently consider the risk for the Bavarian population to be infected with the new type of corona virus to be low.

    The Bavarian Ministry of Health and the LGL will invite the media to a press conference tomorrow morning ( Tuesday, January 28 ) at the Ministry's Munich office ( Haidenauplatz 1, 81667 Munich ). Then there is the possibility for questions of the media. The time will be announced early Tuesday morning.
    https://www.stmgp.bayern.de/presse/b...nahmen-laufen/
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    • #3
      No information on wether the infected german person had been traveling to China, or have had connection to people from China!

      So HOW and WERE did he get infected ???

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        28/01/2020 | 11:39 a.m.

        Coronavirus in Germany

        Infected persons had contact with 40 other people - including children


        Sven Lemkemeyer Ingo Salmen Julia Bernewasser Oliver Bilger Benjamin Reuter

        A German was infected by a colleague who was visiting from China. No other diseases are known in his environment. The news blog.

        The first coronavirus patient in Germany is in good clinical condition. This was announced by the "Task Force Infectiology" of the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL). "He is medically monitored and is isolated."

        It is a 33-year-old man from the district of Starnberg in Bavaria , said a spokesman for the Bavarian Health Department. He had infected the man in Germany with a Chinese colleague who had been visiting Germany. Both work for the Bavarian automotive supplier Webasto, which is headquartered near Munich. The man and the Chinese woman had close contact with 40 other people in Germany.

        According to the Robert Koch Institute, it is the first time that the coronavirus has been transmitted outside of Asia . So far, there has only been one case of infection outside of China: In Vietnam, a patient has contracted another patient.

        According to the Bavarian Office, no further cases of illnesses are known so far, contact persons from the Chinese and Bavaria will continue to be identified.

        The spokesman for the Bavarian Ministry of Health emphasized: "The risk for the population in Bavaria to become infected with the new coronavirus is currently considered low by the" Task Force Infectious Diseases "of the LGL and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) ." People who were in close contact with the patient would be informed in detail and informed about possible symptoms, hygiene measures and transmission routes.
        Ein Deutscher hat sich bei einer Kollegin, die aus China zu Besuch war, infiziert. In seinem Umfeld sind keine weiteren Erkrankungen bekannt. Der Newsblog.
        “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
        Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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          JANUARY 28, 2020 /

          German auto supplier Webasto says two employees infected with coronavirus


          FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German car parts supplier Webasto [WEBA.UL] on Tuesday said a second employee had become infected with the coronavirus following the visit of another employee, from China, to the company’s headquarters in Stockdorf, Bavaria.

          “The auto supplier Webasto confirms that the person infected with the Coronavirus is from Starnberg and an employee at the company headquarters in Stockdorf,” Webasto said.

          Webasto on Monday had said a Chinese employee from Shanghai had tested positive for the virus upon his return to China following his visit to the company headquarters.

          The company, which has 11 locations in China, including in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus, has banned travel to and from China for the next fortnight.

          German car parts supplier Webasto [WEBA.UL] on Tuesday said a second employee had become infected with the coronavirus following the visit of another employee, from China, to the company's headquarters in Stockdorf, Bavaria.
          “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
          Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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          • #7
            Germany confirms three further cases of coronavirus

            The German Health Ministry confirmed late on Tuesday that three further cases of thenew dangerous strain of coronavirus have been discovered in Bavaria, increasing the total numer of patients in Germany to four. The three new patients were "connected" to the first found in Germany, which had been verified on Monday.

            Health officials said that the first person had contracted the disease from a Chinese colleague who had visited the area for a company workshop a week ago. Because the incubation period is believed to be unusually long — at up to two weeks — it is possible that the colleague had no symptoms at the time.

            "There were a total of around 40 employees who have been determined to have been in contact with the [Chinese] woman. Those affected will be tested on Wednesday as a precaution."

            The company in question was named as Webasto, which develops motor vehicle products, and is based near the Bavarian town of Starnberg.

            The first patient was considered to be in a "medicially good state," officials said, adding that the risk of infection for people in Bavaria remained low.

            The Bavarian case is the first known example outside of China of the infection spreading between people who are not closely related.


            https://www.dw.com/en/germany-confir...rus/a-52181064

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            • #8
              Source: https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/...RPU89NcCvtlFcJ

              Translation:

              Ministry of Health confirms three more coronavirus cases in Bavaria
              Four people have contracted the corona virus in Bavaria, all of them work for the same company. 40 additional colleagues are to be tested - their employer has temporarily closed their headquarters.
              January 28, 2020, 9:19 pm

              In Bavaria, three other people have been infected with the novel corona virus. They were related to the first confirmed case of the new lung disease in Germany, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Munich. The three newly infected patients are also employees of the Webasto company from the district of Starnberg, where the first person affected is employed.

              "It was decided that the three new patients should also be admitted to the Munich Klinik Schwabing and medically monitored and isolated there," the ministry said. "A few other contact persons are currently testing whether they are also infected with the corona virus."

              The Bavarian Ministry of Health and the State Office for Health and Food Safety want to report on details in a press release on Wednesday. A spokesman initially did not provide any further information in the evening.
              Webasto closes headquarters until Sunday

              Automotive supplier Webasto has announced that it will close its headquarters in Gauting, Upper Bavaria, due to the Corona virus cases by Sunday. Until then, employees of the company headquarters should not travel to national and international locations. China even had a two-week ban.

              "Among the employees of the automotive supplier Webasto, there are other people infected with the corona virus," said the company. "The measures to protect the workforce have been expanded due to the recent developments." All four of those affected therefore work at the company's headquarters, where a total of around a thousand people work. The company is in close contact with the authorities and is based on the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute.

              The man, who was first infected in Germany, had been infected on January 21 during a training event with a Chinese colleague. The woman reportedly flew back to China on January 23. On January 27, the company informed the health department of the Chinese woman's illness.

              Bavaria's Minister of Health Melanie Huml (CSU) said: "A total of around 40 employees of the company were identified who could be considered as close contacts. Those affected should be tested on Wednesday as a precaution."

              The novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV can trigger a lung disease from which more than 100 people have already died in the main distribution country China - most of which were elderly patients with serious previous illnesses. The total number of diseases known worldwide has now risen to more than 4,500; in China at least 106 people died of the lung disease.

              The first coronavirus patient had tested positive for the virus on Monday - by then he had gone back to work. "He is doing very well, yesterday morning he was still working," said LGL President Andreas Zapf. "He is fever-free and currently has no respiratory symptoms," added the treating chief physician Clemens Wendtner from the Schwabing Clinic. The man is in an isolation room, there is no danger for other patients.
              Nurseries are also under surveillance

              According to LGL, the people who had contact with the Chinese and the first sick German Webasto employee are under surveillance and are called upon not to leave their homes. The 33-year-old patient is a family man, and according to the Ministry of Health, his child goes to a crèche in the Landsberg am Lech district. This is now also under observation, said LGL President Zapf. At first nothing was known about the marital status of the three other patients. The head of the Infectiology Task Force, Martin Hoch, emphasized: "The number can still increase."
              more on the subject


              The new virus 2019-nCoV originally probably comes from a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where it probably jumped from humans to wild animals traded there.



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              • #9
                Government confirmation:

                press release

                Three more coronavirus cases in Bavaria - connection with the first case - Bavaria's Minister of Health Huml: around 40 people should be tested on Wednesday as a precaution

                The Bavarian Ministry of Health was informed on Tuesday evening that three other people in Bavaria had been infected with the novel corona virus. These patients are also employees of the company from the district of Starnberg, where the first person affected is already employed. This man had apparently contracted a Chinese colleague during a training session on January 21. This colleague flew back to China on January 23. On January 27, the company informed the health department of the Chinese woman's illness.

                It was decided that the three new patients should also be admitted to the Munich Clinic Schwabing, where they would be medically monitored and isolated. A few other contact persons are currently testing whether they are infected with the corona virus. The Bavarian Ministry of Health and the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) will report on details in a press release on Wednesday.

                Bavaria's Minister of Health Melanie Huml emphasized on Tuesday evening in Munich: "A total of around 40 employees of the company were identified who could be considered as close contacts. Those affected should be tested on Wednesday as a precautionary measure. They will also be examined by the LGL's 'Task Force Infectiology' questioned in detail. "


                https://www.stmgp.bayern.de/presse/d...-fall-bayerns/

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                • #10
                  hat tip Pathfinder from link


                  Asymptomatic transmission?

                  Germany confirms human transmission of coronavirus

                  Health authorities say a Bavarian man contracted the virus from a colleague visiting from China. It is believed to be the first case of human-to-human transmission in Europe.

                  The colleague, a woman from Shanghai, "started to feel sick on the flight home on January 23," Andreas Zapf, head of the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety, said at a press conference.
                  ...
                  Last week, the infected man, who works for the auto parts supplier Webasto in Starnberg, had attended a training session with the visiting Chinese colleague before she returned to China and began showing symptoms of the illness. The woman had recently been visited in Shanghai by her parents, who come from the area around Wuhan, where the new virus is believed to have originated.

                  Her German colleague in Bavaria developed bronchitis-like symptoms over the weekend but recovered and felt well enough to go to work on Monday.
                  ...
                  https://www.dw.com/en/germany-confir...rus/a-52169007

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                  ...
                  This is a 33-year-old man working for an automotive supplier in Bavaria, in the south of Germany, who was infected in January by a colleague who came from China for a few days for training, said the health authorities. This Chinese employee stayed from January 19 to 22 in Germany and upon her return to her country "felt sick", said the director of the Bavarian Health Office, Dr. Andreas Zapf.
                  ...
                  https://www.bfmtv.com/international/...n-1848434.html

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                  • #11
                    Translation Google press release

                    Current information on the coronavirus situation in Bavaria - Bavarian Ministry of Health: A new case in the Traunstein district confirmed

                    The Bavarian Ministry of Health reported a second time late Thursday evening on the current development of the new corona virus in Bavaria. A ministry spokesman said in Munich that, according to the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL), another coronavirus case in Bavaria had been confirmed. It is an employee of the company from the district of Starnberg, where the four previously known cases are also employed. The fifth case now lives in the Traunstein district. Details will be released to the media on Friday.

                    The four known cases are three men and one woman. The tests by other people who also work for this company showed no further positive results until Thursday evening (as of 8:00 p.m.). The testing of the currently determined 110 contact persons from the company is ongoing.

                    The contacts identified so far should isolate themselves at home and continuously report to the health department with information on their health status. Further test results are expected to be available tomorrow Friday. In addition, the health authorities continue to investigate - for example, after contacts in the private environment.

                    Bavaria's Minister of Health Melanie Huml underlined: "The Bavarian Ministry of Health has also informed the resident doctors in Bavaria about how to deal with suspected cases of infection with the novel corona virus. We sent the relevant letters yesterday to the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians and the Bavarian State Medical Association."

                    The minister added: "In addition, as a precaution, we asked all hospitals in Bavaria to prepare themselves for the inclusion of justified suspected cases and patients with a confirmed infection. We also examined to what extent capacities for the treatment of sick and suspected persons in hospitals in the Greater Munich are available. "


                    https://www.stmgp.bayern.de/presse/a...ministerium-1/
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                    • #12
                      Transmission of 2019-nCoV Infection from an Asymptomatic Contact in Germany

                      TO THE EDITOR:


                      The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from Wuhan is currently causing concern in the medical community as the virus is spreading around the world.1 Since its identification in late December 2019, the number of cases from China that have been imported into other countries is on the rise, and the epidemiologic picture is changing on a daily basis. We are reporting a case of 2019-nCoV infection acquired outside of Asia in which transmission appears to have occurred during the incubation period in the index patient.

                      A 33-year-old otherwise healthy German businessman (Patient 1) became ill with a sore throat, chills, and myalgias on January 24, 2020. The following day, a fever of 39.1°C (102.4°F) developed, along with a productive cough. By the evening of the next day, he started feeling better and went back to work on January 27.

                      Figure 1.Timeline of Exposure to Index Patient with Asymptomatic 2019-CoV Infection in Germany.

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                      Before the onset of symptoms, he had attended meetings with a Chinese business partner at his company near Munich on January 20 and 21. The business partner, a Shanghai resident, had visited Germany between Jan. 19 and 22. During her stay, she had been well with no signs or symptoms of infection but had become ill on her flight back to China, where she tested positive for 2019-nCoV on January 26 (index patient in Figure 1).

                      On January 27, she informed the company about her illness. Contact tracing was started, and the above-mentioned colleague was sent to the Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine in Munich for further assessment. At presentation, he was afebrile and well. He reported no previous or chronic illnesses and had no history of foreign travel within 14 days before the onset of symptoms. Two nasopharyngeal swabs and one sputum sample were obtained and were found to be positive for 2019-nCoV on quantitative reverse-transcriptase–polymerase-chain-reaction (qRT-PCR) assay.2 Follow-up qRT-PCR assay revealed a high viral load of 108 copies per milliliter in his sputum during the following days, with the last available result on January 29.

                      On January 28, three additional employees at the company tested positive for 2019-nCoV (Patients 2 through 4 in Figure 1). Of these patients, only Patient 2 had contact with the index patient; the other two patients had contact only with Patient 1. In accordance with the health authorities, all the patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection were admitted to a Munich infectious diseases unit for clinical monitoring and isolation. So far, none of the four confirmed patients show signs of severe clinical illness.

                      This case of 2019-nCoV infection was diagnosed in Germany and transmitted outside of Asia. However, it is notable that the infection appears to have been transmitted during the incubation period of the index patient, in whom the illness was brief and nonspecific.3

                      The fact that asymptomatic persons are potential sources of 2019-nCoV infection may warrant a reassessment of transmission dynamics of the current outbreak. In this context, the detection of 2019-nCoV and a high sputum viral load in a convalescent patient (Patient 1) arouse concern about prolonged shedding of 2019-nCoV after recovery. Yet, the viability of 2019-nCoV detected on qRT-PCR in this patient remains to be proved by means of viral culture.

                      Despite these concerns, all four patients who were seen in Munich have had mild cases and were hospitalized primarily for public health purposes. Since hospital capacities are limited — in particular, given the concurrent peak of the influenza season in the northern hemisphere — research is needed to determine whether such patients can be treated with appropriate guidance and oversight outside the hospital.

                      Camilla Rothe, M.D.
                      Mirjam Schunk, M.D.
                      Peter Sothmann, M.D.
                      Gisela Bretzel, M.D.
                      Guenter Froeschl, M.D.
                      Claudia Wallrauch, M.D.
                      Thorbjörn Zimmer, M.D.
                      Verena Thiel, M.D.
                      Christian Janke, M.D.
                      University Hospital LMU Munich, Munich, Germany
                      rothe@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

                      Wolfgang Guggemos, M.D.
                      Michael Seilmaier, M.D.
                      Klinikum München-Schwabing, Munich, Germany

                      Christian Drosten, M.D.
                      Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

                      Patrick Vollmar, M.D.
                      Katrin Zwirglmaier, Ph.D.
                      Sabine Zange, M.D.
                      Roman Wölfel, M.D.
                      Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, Munich, Germany

                      Michael Hoelscher, M.D., Ph.D.
                      University Hospital LMU Munich, Munich, Germany

                      Disclosure forms provided by the authors are available with the full text of this letter at NEJM.org.

                      This letter was published on January 30, 2020, at NEJM.org.
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                      • #13


                        https://www.reuters.com/article/us-c...-idUSKBN1ZU1TT

                        JANUARY 31, 2020 / 2:28 PM / UPDATED 12 MINUTES AGO

                        German coronavirus cases climb to six after child infected: ministry


                        BERLIN (Reuters) - A new coronavirus that is spreading around the world has been confirmed in a child in Germany, the southern state of Bavaria said on Friday, bringing the total number of known cases in Germany to six.

                        The new case is a child of an employee at the same firm where four more individuals in the Munich area were infected, the state health ministry said in a statement.

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                          4:22: in Bavaria, a child has been shown to be infected with the new corona virus. He is the son of an infected man from the Traunstein district, as announced by the Bavarian Health Ministry on Friday in Munich. This is the first time that a family member of an infected person has fallen ill in Germany. Details such as the age of the child were initially unclear.


                          https://www.derwesten.de/panorama/ve...228262539.html

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                          • #15
                            Two more employees of German car supplier get coronavirus

                            jan 31, 2020

                            FRANKFURT, Jan 31 (Reuters) - German car parts supplier Webasto said on Friday that two more of its employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, making for a total of seven who have contracted it.

                            One of the employees is German in Germany, while the other is Chinese in Shanghai. Both are in hospital undergoing treatment, Webasto said.

                            German car parts supplier Webasto said on Friday that two more of its employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, making for a total of seven who have contracted it.
                            “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
                            Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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