Medical Journal of Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 705-

Novel coronavirus infection: What's the risk occupation? Analysis on nonimported cases


Beuy Joob1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 Private Academic Practice, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr DY Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Dr D Y Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, India

Correspondence Address:
Beuy Joob
Sanitation1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok
Thailand




How to cite this article:
Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Novel coronavirus infection: What's the risk occupation? Analysis on nonimported cases.Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2020;13:705-705


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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Novel coronavirus infection: What's the risk occupation? Analysis on nonimported cases. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 18 ];13:705-705
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Dear Sir,

Novel coronavirus infection is an important emerging disease.[1] This new disease originated in China and has spread to more than 200 countries worldwide till date (April 10, 2020). Globally, there are more than 1.6 million of COVID-19 patients and there are 94,850 deaths. We would like to share information on this disease that is specifically an occupational hazard. Most available data usually emphasize the importance of imported-infected cases. However, there are already some nonimported cases.

Few reports discuss the situation in Thailand, a tropical country where the disease first existed outside China.[2] Here, the authors discussed public available data from epidemiology surveillance of local Center of Disease Control on the early stage of outbreak in Thailand. On February 7, 2020, there are 25 infected cases in Thailand. Of these cases, three cases are nonimported-infected local Thai people. Based on the available data, two of these index cases are occupational bus drivers and one is a taxi driver. Therefore, one can hypothesize that during the early phase of importation, occupations in with private transport services expose one to increased risk of infection.

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References

1Habibzadeh P, Stoneman EK. The novel coronavirus: A bird's eye view. Int J Occup Environ Med 2020;11:65-71.
2Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Editorial: Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and imported case. Adv Trop Med Pub Health Int 2020;10:1-2.