Wuhan market worker said to be coronavirus ‘patient zero’ on how she got disease

A shrimp vendor at the infamous Wuhan wet market where the coronavirus is believed to have originated has been identified as the so-called coronavirus “patient zero”.

The 57-year-old woman, identified as Wei Guixian by the Wall Street Journal, was the first person to test positive for the killer disease.

She had been at work in the market when she started to develop cold-like symptoms after 'picking them up from a toilet', according to The Paper – a Chinese outlet.

After feeling ill, she visited a local clinic before going back to work, likely spreading the virus in the process.

Ms Guixian told the outlet: “Every winter, I always suffer from the flu. So I thought it was the flu.

“I felt a bit tired, but not as tired as previous years."

When she visited the clinic on December 11, she got an injection, but when she didn’t feel better Ms Guixian went the Eleventh Hospital.

She continued: The doctor at Eleventh Hospital could not figure out what was wrong with me and gave me pills.

“By then I felt a lot worse and very uncomfortable. I did not have strength or energy.”

A doctor described her illness as “ruthless” in an interview with the publication.

Ms Guixian has since recovered and left the hospital in January.

She believes that the infection came from a toilet in the market, which also struck down one of her daughters, a niece and her husband.

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Experts believe the virus came from pangolins – an ant-eater like animal – before it passed on to humans.

The coronavirus, which attacks the respiratory system, has since gone global and killed tens of thousands of people in just a matter of months.

At present, Italy has the highest death toll in the world but the epicentre is feared to have shifted to the US, which has now recorded most cases in the world.

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