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UPDATE 18 February 2020 - Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

February 18, 2020

On 15 February 2020, the Commonwealth updated advice on testing of persons under investigation for coronavirus disease (Please note that the World Health Organisation officially named the Novel Coronavirus disease COVID-19 on 12 February 2020).

It is recommended that clinicians should consider also testing people with a clinically compatible illness who travelled to any of the following countries in the 14 days before onset of symptoms:

> Hong Kong
> Indonesia
> Japan
> Singapore
> Thailand

This list is based on the volume of travel between those countries, Australia and China, and/or the current epidemiology of COVID-19; however, the risk of COVID-19 in these countries is currently thought to be low.

> Click here to view the full Queensland Health Public Health Alert
> Clinicians are reminded to continue to visit the Queensland Health webpage for clinicians to stay up-to-date with the correct information

Contacting your local Public Health Unit

Please discuss any cases of concern with your local Public Health Unit immediately so that appropriate actions and testing can be organised.

> Darling Downs P: 07 4699 8240 (business hours) P: 07 3646 1699 (after hours)

> West Moreton P: 07 3818 4700 (business hours) P: 07 3176 2111 (after hours, ask for public health)