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Novel Coronavirus 2019 Update - 24 Jan

24 Jan 2020 9:38 PM | Jason Chuen

ALERT: 2019 Novel Coronavirus information for ACMAV Members

There is currently a lot of talk about the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. The most recent Medical Advisory from the Victorian Department of Health is from January 24.

Essentially if you encounter a patient who meets the suspected case definition (see link above) please:

- isolate and place a surgical mask in the patient

- wear appropriate PPE eg N95/P2 mask and practice airborne, contact and universal precautions

- Notify DHHS VIC on 1300 651 160 who will assist with advice on diagnosis, isolation, swabs and follow up

- swabs taken under instruction from DHHS will be sent to VIDRL for testing

More detailed advice for health practices and GPs is contained in the following document:

2019-nCov Vic DHHS Guidelines for Health Services and GPs

Further updates will be available from DHHS via email advisories or on the novel coronavirus incident webpage at

For WHO updates on this outbreak in China see

For CDC updates see

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