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Public Health Alert Update: Pneumonia Cluster in Wuhan China

January 22, 2020

Public Health Alert: Pneumonia Cluster in Wuhan China

Please share this alert with all clinical staff in your practice.

The Communicable Diseases Branch has provided an update on the new coronavirus cluster in Wuhan, China.

As of the 21 January, 222 cases have been confirmed of 2019-nCoV have been detected with 4 deaths reported.

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.

Please note: This information may change as more becomes known about the characteristics of the virus.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Due to insufficient information the incubation period is not known.
  • Fever appears to be the single consistent symptom.
  • Other symptoms include difficulty breathing, non-specific upper respiratory tract infection symptoms such as cough and sore throat. Chest X-rays show bilateral pneumonic infiltrations.
  • A number of severe cases have occurred with significant clinical deterioration particularly where co-morbidities occur


The current definition for a suspected case in Queensland is as follows: Travel to Wuhan within 14 days of symptom onset AND fever or history of fever AND respiratory symptoms.

CONTACT
Please contact your relevant Public Health Unit if requesting testing for this novel coronavirus.

  • West Morton PH: 3818 4700 (business hours), PH: 3176 2111 (after hours, ask for public health)
  • Darling Downs PH: 4699 8240 (business hours), PH: 3646 1699 (after hours)

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