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THE Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.-Public Health and Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program or PHEPP has been screening passengers at the airport for potential cases of coronavirus, CHCC communications and public relations specialist Zoe Travis said.

The CHCC on Friday issued a health advisory following outbreaks in Thailand and Japan, she added.

“CHCC is also monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China,” she said, adding that China has 41 confirmed cases with one death. In Thailand and Japan, two export cases were recorded.

Travis said the Thailand Ministry of Public Health on Jan. 13 stated that a Chinese woman infected with the new coronavirus traveled from Wuhan to Thailand five days earlier.

On Jan. 16, she added, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare informed the World Health Organization about a confirmed case of a novel (new) coronavirus in a patient who recently traveled to Wuhan.

In the CNMI, “ongoing airport and port surveillance and passenger screening facilitated by PHEPP has been expanded to monitor potential export cases of this disease,” Travis said.

She added that PHEPP is working with the CNMI Customs and Quarantine Office in observing and screening incoming passenger arrivals from Asia, Guam, and other Micronesian islands.

“If an incoming passenger is showing symptoms associated with certain infectious diseases, they are asked to provide some background information on their recent travels and may be referred to CHCC for further evaluation and treatment if necessary,” Travis said. “PHEP staff will also follow up and investigate further if needed.”

CHCC advises any individual who recently traveled and now feels sick to seek medical attention.

“Make sure to tell your doctor about your recent travel and describe your symptoms. You should also make sure to cover your nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing, and wash your hands often with soap and water,” Travis said.

According to the CHCC health advisory, most of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan have had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting that animals may be the source of this illness.

People who may have coronavirus may be showing symptoms such as runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, and feeling of being unwell, CHCC added.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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