Health: Confirmed exported 2019 novel coronavirus case reported in South Korea from Wuhan, China, Jan. 20. Use basic health precautions.

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This alert began 21 Jan 2020 07:52 GMT and is scheduled to expire 21 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Confirmed exported 2019 novel coronavirus case
  • Location(s): Seoul (map)
  • Date: January 2020
  • Cases (Confirmed): 1 (1)
  • Transmission: Likely respiratory (coughing, sneezing, speaking)

Summary
South Korean health officials have reported the third imported case of a laboratory-confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus from Wuhan, China, Jan. 20, 2020. A 35-year old female flew from Wuhan City to Incheon International Airport ( ICN) Jan. 19, and authorities isolated the individual due to a high fever on arrival. The individual developed a fever Jan. 3. This is the most recent data as of Jan. 21.

Background and Analysis
This the third exported 2019 novel coronavirus case from Wuhan City, China, since the outbreak started Dec. 31, 2019, where authorities confirmed 198 cases through Jan. 19, 2020. No clear evidence is available of human-human transmission. Officials continue to manage the outbreak.

Advice
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.