Officials say most Americans not at risk of coronavirus

Officials say most Americans not at risk of coronavirus

Officials say most Americans not at risk of coronavirus

Health officials said that the first person had contracted the disease from a Chinese colleague who had visited the area for a company workshop a week ago. The unnamed man has not recently travelled to China, but reportedly works as a tour bus driver and came in contact with tourists from Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus outbreak, at least twice this month.

He contacted a primary health care provider the following day when he began developing symptoms.

The man put himself into voluntary self-isolation at his home after returning from China.

The first test was "presumptive positive" but there will be a second test done later in Winnipeg.

The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but the CDC notes that cases have been identified in a growing number of other worldwide locations, including the US.

"Right now, the Australian government, through our embassy, is looking to deploy, working with the Chinese government consular officials, into Hubei province, into Wuhan", Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday.

The news was met with fear online, with Twitter users reacting to the spike in cases.

Champagne said he's been in contact with the Chinese government and is co-ordinating with other countries on the ground "as to what's going on, what's the best way to evacuate citizens".

She cautioned people from getting their information on the spread of the virus from social media, pointing to rumours that can quickly spread.

"Canada is taking its responsibility very seriously to Canadians but also making sure that we know exactly how to do this and a process that will result in the safety of all Canadians", she said.

"If you're touching something and it has droplets on it with virus in it, as long as you clean your hands before you touch your face or your mouth, you're not going to be at risk of getting that virus in your body", said Henry.

The department reports that the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu is among 20 airports in the U.S. with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quarantine station. The experts urged both travelers and their physicians to take precautions if an upper respiratory illness and fever follow a recent trip to China.

During Tuesday morning's announcement, Dr. Bonnie Henry says due to the frequency of travel between China and B.C., and family connections, she expects more cases to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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