Japan Tourist Shows Coronavirus Symptoms While On Hawaii Vacation

Henrietta Strickland
February 16, 2020

Hawaii currently has no known coronavirus cases, and officials there are now scrambling to locate people that came into contact with the man during his time in Honolulu and Maui.

The man visited both Maui and Oahu.

The State is still seeking more details on his exact itinerary including which places he visited and flights he was on.

The greatest immediate focus is to identify and track down individuals who had "prolonged, face-to-face contacts" with the Japanese man after he began showing symptoms on Oahu, said Dr. Sarah Park, the state's chief epidemiologist.

The Department of Health held a press conference on Oʻahu today, and continued to recommend that all persons practice good health and hygiene while coughing and keeping hands clean.

The man's apparent lack of fever while in Hawaii also bodes well because infected individuals are believed to be most contagious when feverish, she said.

Hawaiian officials are on high alert after a recent vacationer tested positive for the coronavirus after returning to Japan, reports said.

He is from Japan's Aichi Prefecture.

While on Oahu, the tourist stayed at the Hilton Grand Hilton. The incubation period is believed to run between 2 and 14 days.

Japan has about 250 confirmed cases of the new disease that apparently started in Wuhan, a city in central China, in December.

Japan announced Thursday its first death from the virus, hours after confirming 44 more cases on a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo as fears of the spreading disease mount in the country.

So far, only 15 US cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed, and no deaths.

The worldwide total now exceeds 66,000 cases, with more than 1,500 deaths, majority in China's Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak. The remaining two were spread from travelers to their spouses.

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