Coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization – and there has been a potential case at the University of Bristol.
Footage taken today (January 30) shows a hazmat unit at the Wills Hall of residence in Stoke Bishop.
A letter from the university to students reads: “Earlier this evening, one of the residents in Wills Hall reported feeling unwell with flu-like symptoms.
“As a precautionary measure, the student has been taken to hospital. We are working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and will continue to monitor the situation and support this student.”
The death toll is now 170 in China. The World Health Organization said there had been 98 cases in 18 countries outside of the country, but no deaths among them.
Most cases have emerged in people who have travelled from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began.
There have been eight cases of human-to-human infection outside China. Those are in Germany, Japan, Vietnam and the USA.
What is coronavirus?
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Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause disease in animals. In Wuhan, the centre of the outbreak, a new strain jumped from animals to humans.
This new virus, known as Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov), is believed to be more dangerous than other forms.
Currently, 15 to 20 per cent of all cases of the virus have been classed as “severe” and the current death rate from the virus stands at two percent.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms include fever and cough that can progress to severe pneumonia. This can cause shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
The virus causes more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems , older people and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
A detailed analysis in China revealed all 99 of the first patients had developed pneumonia – where their lungs became inflamed and the sacs where oxygen moves from the air to the blood were filling with water.
Is it in the UK?
As of today, 161 tests have been carried out in the UK on people suspected of having the coronavirus. All have been confirmed as negative.
The Government says it is monitoring the current situation closely and is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the international community.
The advice given to the NHS
GPs have been told to isolate patients and call health protection teams if they suspect a case of coronavirus.
Hospitals have been ordered by Public Health England (PHE) to check their equipment, supplies and procedures.
This means checking they have respirators that staff can wear if dealing with a patient in isolation.
They should also stock protective clothing such as gloves with long tight-fitting cuffs, as well as disposable and fluid-resistant full-sleeve gowns and single-use goggles.