"Our hospitals are very experienced in isolating and taking care of ill patients, and we will continue to coordinate the testing process and communications with our partners at the state and the CDC". Following established protocols, the primary-care provider notified the Vancouver Coastal Health medical health officer and administered the diagnostic test.
The VCH statement goes on to say that there are "multiple systems in place to identify, prevent and control the spread of serious infectious diseases into and within Canada" through the Public Health Agency of Canada and other bodies.
The virus is spread though contact with an infected person.
"A health ministry spokesperson also provided a statement to the NOW about the rumoured case: "[The B.C. Centre for Disease Control] is aware of reports of an unconfirmed case of novel coronavirus in an individual who spent time in the Lower Mainland and has returned to China. "And so we're working through some of those details about what that might look like", she said in Ottawa.
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 B.C.in the coming weeks.
A man in his 50s who recently returned from Wuhan, China, which is believed to be the epicentre of the outbreak, has been hospitalized in Toronto with Canada's first case of the virus.
US health officials insist the risk to Americans from the scary new virus from China is very low.
According to PCHD's website, novel coronavirus is a newly discovered respiratory virus that first reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. She says they will be immediately announcing additional positive diagnoses. Just do the things we should be doing on a regular basis. Asymptomatic transmission, or the disease being passed by those who do not exhibit symptoms, is a top concern among Americans.
The federal government will be putting additional public health officials at airports to meet passengers from Chinese flights and ensure they have written information and can speak with someone who can explain the steps they need to take if they end up developing symptoms, she said. "So you have to be in relatively close contact with somebody to be able to inhale those viruses if they cough or sneeze".