Novel coronavirus (2019 - nCoV)
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals, including humans, and birds. In humans, the virus causes respiratory infections, which are typically mild but, in rare cases, can be lethal.
In January 2020, Chinese authorities confirmed a new type of coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, which affects the respiratory system. The Ministry of Health (MoH) is closely monitoring the situation with guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO). Within New Zealand, District Health Boards (DHBs), including MidCentral DHB, are working closely with the MoH to monitor and prepare for the possibility of coronavirus reaching our shores.
More information, including signs and symptoms, advice for travellers and status updates is available from the MoH and WHO websites.
Alternatively, updates from MidCentral DHB can be found Here.