Through a press conference, the Ministry of Health confirmed Tuesday that the sample sent to the United States by the Chinese patient to determine whether or not he had coronavirus tested negative for this viral outbreak.
Minister Catalina Andramuño said that what the patient has is hepatitis B and that they are vigilant about their evolution.
He recalled that on January 30, they received PAHO reagents so that any suspicious case is presented, the analyzes can be done in the country.
“Despite not having confirmed cases, Ecuador keeps all security protocols active, epidemiological surveillance and the service network is prepared in case we are already presented with a confirmed case,” said Andramuño and emphasized that citizens take the respective prevention measures.
The patient who presented in Riobamba was also ruled out for coronavirus.
Gina Watson, representative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), clarified that there is still no vaccine and specific treatment for coronavirus.
“Once the diagnosis of coronavirus negativity has been confirmed and reiterated, the patient continues in care in the hospital, which does not imply that monitoring measures are not carried out,” said Watson.
The citizen arrived in the capital on January 21 from Spain. On January 23, he goes to a private health house with fever, with fever, there they get scared and enters, by consultation, the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry has been monitoring for 14 days the health status of the 44 citizens who traveled in the nearby rows of the plane in which the patient was.
Last Saturday, Patricio Gavilánez, zonal coordinator of the Ministry of Health, said the Chinese citizen tested positive for another viral infection.
The number of deaths confirmed by the new coronavirus in China increased to at least 490.