AHS: Novel Coronavirus in Wuhan, China

AHS: Novel Coronavirus in Wuhan, China

AHS and Alberta Health will provide updates as new information becomes available

Last updated: January 24, 2020

On December 31, 2019, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission in Hubei province, Central China, issued a public statement that they had identified an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown cause. This is believed to be caused by a novel Coronavirus (nCoV). There are currently hundreds of cases in China (mostly in Wuhan but some in other parts of China) as well as cases in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. There is emerging evidence of person-to-person spread, though the extent is currently unknown.

Currently, there are no reports of confirmed cases of infection in Canada of this nCoV and we are not aware of any cases involving Canadians overseas. AHS and Alberta Health are carefully monitoring the situation and will be able to respond effectively should there be any cases in Alberta.

While nCoV can cause severe illness in some, this virus does not appear to be as severe as other Coronaviruses (like SARS or MERS-CoV) and many patients have only mild symptoms.

Health authorities in China and around the world have taken a comprehensive range of prevention and control measures and are continuing to investigate the suspected source of exposure, while isolating cases and tracking close contacts to prevent spread.

For more information visit Public Health Agency of Canada update on Pneumonia of Unknown Cause in China https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories/pneumonia-china

Canadians travelling abroad are encouraged to consult the Travel Health Notice for China on travel.gc.ca.

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