January 2020

Exotic respiratory illness from China

I have been asked to draw your attention to the Corona Virus infection outbreak declared by the Chinese authorities. Some of us may have patients from the Wuhan province area (1000km north of Hong Kong and 700 km west of Shanghai)

It is the upcoming Chinese New Year on 25 January and with direct flights to London please be vigilant if patients present with recent history of travel to China/ close exposure to birds/ respiratory symptoms
.

GP action is limited to:

1. Call the ambulance service explaining your suspicions . The ambulance service has the responsibility to deal with the transfer and the destination hospital.
2. Keep the patient in one room and turn off the air conditioning (shouldn't be too much of a problem this time of year).

The f
ull PHE guidance can be found in the Guidelines section.