Informations from the Royal Phnom Penh hospital in Phnom Penh

Health Alert – Novel Coronavirus in China (January 23, 2020) 

Location: Cambodia 

Event:  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) has issued a Watch Level 3 Alert (Avoid Nonessential Travel) for Wuhan and a Watch Level 2 Alert (Practice Enhanced Precautions) for China in response to an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear how easily the virus spreads between people. 

Chinese health authorities have reported more than 573 cases in China, including cases in health-care workers. Outside of Wuhan, to date, health authorities have confirmed cases in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and other parts of China. The U.S. CDC is working with Cambodian health authorities to enhance surveillance for respiratory disease at healthcare facilities and international airports.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS:
  • Similar to the common cold; sore throat, fever, sinus pressure, runny nose, and cough.
  • Symptoms can become more severe and lead to respiratory distress.
  • The very young, the very old, and people with chronic diseases are most at risk.
Actions to Take:
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Older travelers and those with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease and should discuss travel with their healthcare provider.
  • Consult the CDC for the most up-to-date information regarding enhanced screening procedures.
If you traveled to China and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:
  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.