First novel coronavirus case in Victoria

Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first Australian case of the 2019 novel coronavirus.

Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Angie Bone said the man, in his 50s, a visitor from Wuhan, China, was confirmed positive on January 25 following a series of tests.

He has spent his time since arrival with relatives at their home. Close contacts are being provided support and education and monitored closely for signs or symptoms of illness.

The Department is working closely with the Commonwealth and other states and territories to ensure Victoria continues to be ready to respond in the event of any further cases.

“Any Victorians returning from Wuhan with symptoms of fever and breathing difficulty or cough should seek medical help,” Dr Bone said.

“Hands should be washed regularly with soap and water and respiratory and cough etiquette should be observed at all times.

“Before attending a GP or emergency department they should call ahead and mention their recent travel and symptoms.

“General Practitioners and Emergency Departments should ensure a travel history is taken for all patients presenting with symptoms of pneumonia, isolate and place a respiratory mask on any travellers from Wuhan on arrival to the department or clinic.”

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