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Public Health Alert - Pneumonia Cluster in Wuhan China

January 15, 2020

The Communicable Diseases Branch has advised that there is a cluster of cases of viral pneumonia in Wuhan, China. The cause is being reported as a novel coronavirus.

Only people who have travelled to Wuhan, China are considered to be at risk currently. Travelers to other areas of China, or contacts of travelers to Wuhan are not considered to be at risk. This information may change as more becomes known about the characteristics of the virus.

The cluster is centered at the Wuhan South China Seafood City Market (also called the South China Seafood Wholesale Market and the Hua Nan Seafood Market).

Travelers to Wuhan, China, should avoid living or dead animals, animal markets, and contact with sick people.

Patients presenting with respiratory illness should always be asked about their travel history. Be alert for patients who have travelled to Wuhan, China, within two weeks of onset of illness and who present with fever and respiratory symptoms. Please place a surgical mask on the patient and isolate as soon as they are identified in a negative pressure room or single room and notify the local Public Health Unit.

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