Malta taking actions to prevent and treat suspected cases of coronavirus

China Virus
Passengers wearing masks are seen at the Changsha Railway Station, in Hunan province, China January 25, 2020. REUTERS/Martin Pollard

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Superintendence of Public Health said that it is monitoring the situation of the clusters of pneumonia detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. A new coronavirus which is genetically related to SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV.

The Superintendence of Public Health is informing the general public that health officials are following the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and are taking the necessary precautions in relations to the coronavirus.

Till to date, China virus death toll went up to 41 and over 1,300 people have been infected worldwide.

In a press statement, the Superintendence of Public Health said that a coordinating team for national response has been set up.

There is also constant communication with WHO, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the EU Health Security Committee.

The European Council is organising regular teleconferences for all Member States to which Malta Public Health authorities are participating to receive updates and advice on actions to be taken such as; Surveillance and preparedness, communication with media, preparedness at Mater Dei Hospital and Primary Care should there be a suspected case.

In the meantime, travellers are advised to avoid visiting wet markets or places where live or dead animals are handled, avoid contact with sick persons, in particular with respiratory symptoms, adhere to good hand and food hygiene and avoid contact with animals, their excretions or droppings.

Travellers with acute respiratory symptoms; fever, shortness of breath, cough or sore throat within 14 days of visiting Wuhan are advised to contact their doctor and indicate their travel history to Wuhan and contact the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit on 21324086.

In addition, due to the currently high activity of the seasonal influenza epidemic in China, it is suggested that travellers should receive seasonal influenza vaccination at least two weeks prior to travel to prevent severe disease.

No travel restrictions have been recommended as yet.