Jamaica says it has a robust surveillance system already in place to detect emerging diseases and has no case of the new virus that has caused the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to urge its member states, including those in the Caribbean, to strengthen surveillance activities to detect any unusual respiratory health event.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Karen Webster Kerr says the island's preparedness activities will continue for the prevention and containment of the deadly Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) that has been blamed for several deaths in Asia and hundreds of suspected cases.
She said that these activities include surveillance, early detection, and rapid isolation and treatment of all cases.
The Ministry of Health and wellness said that to date, there have been reports that China has a cluster of cases of pneumonia caused by a new strain of coronavirus in Wuhan City.
There have also been exported cases from China to other countries, namely Thailand and Japan. All these persons had travelled to Wuhan City and officials in China have linked the viral infections to a Wuhan seafood and wildlife market.
The spread of the virus comes as China gets ready for the Lunar New Year holiday later this week. The holiday period typically sees millions of Chinese...