A British tourist feared that he had been infected with the Chinese coronavirus has only one aggressive form of flu, according to his parents.
Ash Shorley, 32, is now out of bed and walks after his fear of health to a Bangkok hospital where he is still being treated.
Surgeons allegedly dumped 2 kg of fluid from Mr. Shorley’s collapsed lungs and doctors confirmed that he had an aggressive strain of influenza, possibly avian influenza.
Mr. Shorley was in the Thai hospital for about a month after being transported there by seaplane because his lungs were too weak for a high altitude flight.
Mr Shorley’s parents, Chris and Julie, of Thornton, Lancashire, flew out of their son’s bed.
Their update comes as the rapidly changing situation in China has led to more than 500 people being diagnosed with a type of virus never seen before: 17 people have been killed.
Lancashire Ash Shorley is now awake in hospital and walks again after his family feared he had caught the new viral disease that is spreading in East Asia (pictured: Mr. Shorley in Bangkok hospital with his father , Chris)
Ash Shorley, 32, is being treated in a hospital in Thailand, but doctors have confirmed that she does not have the coronavirus that is spreading in East Asia.
Mr. Shorley is pictured in critical condition in a Phuket hospital. Now he’s out of bed and walking
Shorley’s 55-year-old father said to The Sun last week: “It was two days after his death. If he weren’t so fit, he wouldn’t be with us now.”
Mr. Shorley had sold his home to travel to Asia after a breakup with his longtime partner before Christmas.
Her parents, who are supported during their stay in Thailand with the help of a GoFundMe page, said her son lost 5 ° (70 lbs / 32 kg) during his illness.
He had surgery to repair his lungs, which had developed abscesses, according to his father.
Now, in intensive care, the former sales manager has returned to breathing without assistance and able to speak. A video of him walking with the help of health workers also emerged.
Shorley senior told LBC News: “It was absolutely horrendous.
‘Any parent would not want this to happen to their child because it was touching and if he was destined to live.
“Touch the wood, it is now out of danger but at the moment the emotional stress was unbearable.”
Doctors now claim that the Shorley virus is not the coronavirus that affects health authorities around the world
Mr Shorley’s parents, Chris and Julie, of Thornton, Lancashire, flew out of their son’s bed. He is pictured in hospital during the most severe phase of his illness
The update of Shorley’s parents comes as the spread of the coronavirus from China is rapidly changing.
Eventually, a total of 531 people had been infected with the virus and 17 had died.
Experts in the UK have raised their estimate to predict that 4,000 people in Wuhan alone have been infected, with a higher estimate extending to 9,700.
Heathrow Airport in London has started channeling passengers from Wuhan through a separate section of the airport in an attempt to stop the spread of infection on British soil.
Health leaders have now increased the threat level in the UK from a “very low” risk of spreading it to a “low” risk.
One said the epidemic currently has a mortality rate similar to the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, which continued to kill more than 50 million people this morning.
Prominent scientists also warned that up to 10,000 patients may have taken the SARS-like virus in Wuhan, more than double the previous estimate.
The number of coronavirus cases in East Asia is rising rapidly and exceeding 500 this morning – experts predict that many more will be revealed in the coming days and weeks.
Chinese residents wear masks while waiting in a bus station near Huanan’s seafood wholesale market, which has been linked to the outbreak that started in December
A fish market is believed to be the center of the epidemic in the city, but health officials reported that some patients had no previous contact with the facility.
Last night it emerged that the disease had reached the United States. A 30-year-old man from Washington State who had returned from Wuhan was confirmed as the first American case.
Patients have already been confirmed in Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan and a man in Australia is being tested for the virus.
American President Donald Trump said today that America “has a plan” to curb the spread of the virus, which officials have confirmed can spread to humans.
But British experts who fear there may already be a case of the virus never seen before in the UK have warned that UK screening “is not foolproof.”
WHAT IS THE NEW VIRUS THAT COMES FROM CHINA?
An outbreak of pneumonia-like diseases began in Wuhan, China, in late 2019.
Its symptoms are typically fever, cough and breathing difficulties, but some patients have developed pneumonia, a potentially life-threatening infection that causes inflammation of the small air pockets in the lungs.
Chinese scientists have recognized its similarity to two viruses that have turned into global killers: SARS and MERS.
SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, is caused by the coronavirus SARS, known as SARS Co, and first emerged in China in 2002.
By the end of the epidemic, the virus had spread to many other Asian countries, as well as the United Kingdom and Canada, killing 774.
Respiratory syndrome MERS, or Middle East, originated in the region it is named after, eventually killed 787 people and belongs to the same coronavirus family as SARS.
The new virus did not correspond to either of them, but belonged to the same coronavirus family.
Coronaviruses are a large family of pathogens and most cause mild respiratory infections, that is, the common cold.
But as SARS and MERS have proven deadly, the emergence of another new coronavirus has health officials on the edge of the world.
Like its two dangerous cousins, the new coronavirus appears to have originated from animals – especially seafood, chickens, bats, marmots – found in a Wuhan market that has been identified as the epicenter of the epidemic.
The symptoms of SARS, which may be similar to those of the new coronavirus, include:
- a high temperature (fever)
- extreme tiredness (fatigue)
- muscular pain
- loss of appetite
After these symptoms, the infection will begin to affect the lungs and respiratory tract (respiratory system), leading to further symptoms, such as:
- a dry cough
- breathing difficulties
- a growing lack of oxygen in the blood, which can be fatal in severe cases
So far, there is no treatment for the new virus or SARS, although the new virus has been sequenced, allowing for rapid diagnosis.