Updated on 7 January 2020
As of Sunday, 5 January, 59 people have been diagnosed with a mysterious respiratory illness (also being referred to as a “new strain of pneumonia”) in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. Epidemiologists claim it is not SARs and have also ruled out Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), influenza, bird flu, and adenovirus. Seven people are in critical condition but no deaths linked to the illness have been reported as experts continue to search for the cause. There is currently no “clear” evidence of human-to-human transmission.
Singapore reported its first suspected case of the illness in a 3-year-old little girl who had recently traveled from Wuhan.
Temperature screenings have been implemented for all travelers coming from Wuhan into Hong Kong and Singapore.
Authorities have advised citizens to be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
Mitigating Factors to Apply:
Monitor local authorities for updates
Use good hygiene and hand washing techniques
Avoid exposure to those presenting the above symptoms
Allow extra time for screening at airports
Enroll in a Safe Traveler Program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy
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