PORT ELIZABETH, January 23 (ANA) – The Ministry of Health said in a statement on Thursday that it had measures in place to detect, manage and contain any cases of Novel Coronavirus should it come to South Africa’s shore…
Assuring South Africans that there was nothing to fear, it said that no cases had been reported so far.
“Port health professionals routinely conducts temperature screening for all international travellers.
“However, due to the current risk of importation of inadvertent cases of 2019-nCoV from Wuhan City, China, Port Health authorities have enhanced surveillance of all travellers from Asia, especially China.
“Fortunately, OR Tambo International Airport is the only port of entry for all flights from Asia,” the ministry said.
Response teams on high alert
It said that the provinces had activated outbreak response teams and were on high alert to detect and manage inadvertent cases that may arrive in the country.
The ministry said that there were no restrictions on travel to China, adding that the World Health Organisation had also not recommended any restriction on travel or trade.
However, the Health Department advised those travelling to Wuhan (China) to avoid contact with animals and encouraged good hand hygiene practice, as well as cough etiquette to reduce the risk of infection with respiratory viruses. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses.
Some cause illness in people; numerous other coronaviruses circulate among animals, including camels, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve to infect and cause illness in people.
Sometimes these viruses can also develop the ability to spread between people.
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Author: ANA Newswire