Jan 21, 2020
By Jane Brown
Three possible cases of a new type of viral pneumonia have been investigated in Canada and ruled out as coronavirus.
The country’s chief public health officer has released the finding.
Dr. Theresa Tam also declined to say where in Canada the potential cases were located, but she says the individuals had travelled to Wuhan, the Chinese province where coronavirus is believed to have originated.
Members of the World Health Organization are planning to hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to decide whether the illness linked to six deaths now in China is an international emergency.
There are nearly 300 cases of the viral pneumonia-like illness, most of them in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, although there have been cases confirmed in Thailand, Japan and South Korea.
A number of countries, including Canada, and specifically airports in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, have adopted screening measures for travellers arriving from China in order to prevent a global outbreak like what was seen in 2002 and 2003 with the SARS virus.
For more on what you need to know about this new coronavirus, join Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer at about 12:30 this afternoon.