In late December 2019, the People’s Republic of China reported an outbreak of pneumonia due to unknown cause in Wuhan City, Hubei Province.
In early January 2020, the cause of the outbreak was identified as a new coronavirus, named novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). While early cases were likely infected by an animal source in a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan, there is evidence that human-to-human transmission can also occur. 2019-nCoV can cause respiratory illness of varying severity. Currently, there is no vaccine and no specific treatment for infection with the virus.
This is an evolving situation, and the Public Health Protection Unit will continue to update GPs on any significant changes to the guidance. The most up-to-date information and guidance, including specific guidance for primary care, is available on the Health Protection Scotland webpages (https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/). The primary care guidance includes the definition for possible cases of novel coronavirus, and gives details on how to manage them.
Members of the public who have travelled from China within the last 14 days should be directed to the NHS Inform website for the most up-to-date information and advice