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Coronavirus. Public Health Wales response to outbreak in Wuhan, China


Public Health Wales response to outbreak in Wuhan, China

Public Health Wales is working closely with Welsh Government and the other UK public health agencies, to carefully monitor the situation in Wuhan and to support activity to put in place proportionate, precautionary measures.

The risk to the UK population has been assessed as low. There are currently no confirmed cases of this new infection in the UK.

Dr Giri Shankar, Professional Lead Consultant for Health Protection at Public Health Wales, said:

“We are working with our partners in the other UK nations, the WHO and others to monitor this new and rapidly evolving situation.  Based on the available evidence, the current risk to the UK is considered low.

"If you are traveling to the area, you should maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene and should avoid visiting animal and bird markets or people who are ill with respiratory symptoms. 

“Individuals should seek medical attention if they develop respiratory symptoms within 14 days of visiting Wuhan, either in China or on their return to the UK. They should phone ahead before attending any health services and mention their recent travel to the city.”

Information about enhanced monitoring of all direct flights from Wuhan to the UK is available from Public Health England (PHE).

This page on the Public Health Wales website gives key facts about the novel coronavirus infection.

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