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9-year-old boy admitted in isolation at CWM Hospital after being suspected of Novel Coronavirus

9-year-old boy admitted in isolation at CWM Hospital after being suspected of Novel Coronavirus

By Semi Turaga
Wednesday 19/02/2020

A 9-year-old boy is admitted in isolation at the CWM Hospital after being suspected of Novel Coronavirus but the Health Ministry says the patient’s symptoms make it unlikely that he has the virus.

The Health Ministry says as a precautionary measure the patient has been admitted, and laboratory tests are being undertaken to determine the cause of his illness.

It says the patient has a recent international travel history, transiting via Singapore en-route to Fiji.

Upon the boy and his family’s arrival in Nadi International Airport on Sunday, the family was screened by the Health team and cleared as none showed any symptoms of illness.

The Health Ministry says all other members of the family are currently well, however have been instructed to remain at home until laboratory results are available.

It says in addition, all precautionary public health measures have been taken to ensure that the patient is provided appropriate care, whilst reducing the risk of potential exposure to the virus, if it is confirmed.

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