B.C. says "no cases" of coronavirus in province, risk "low"

BC says coronavirus risk low

B.C. Minister of Health Adrian Dix says the risk of coronavirus in the province is still considered low, despite the first Canadian case of the illness being confirmed in Ontario. 

"We know our colleagues in Ontario will continue to work with their local health officials and the federal health authorities to ensure every measure is taken to prevent the spread of this virus," Dix said in a news release.

Coronavirus emerged in the Wuhan province of China in 2019 and has been the cause of over 40 fatalities to date. A man in his 50s in Ontario is the first Canadian case. 

"We are closely watching the situation in Canada and globally, and are meeting regularly with our counterparts across the country to make sure we are prepared if cases arise in B.C.," Dix said. 

"The BC Centre for Disease Control has developed a diagnostic test for this new coronavirus, and they are co-ordinating staff and supplies to ensure they are prepared to quickly and accurately detect potential cases. In addition, health-care workers have been asked to be vigilant and take a travel history for anyone reporting respiratory symptoms."

Anyone concerned about their symptoms, particularly if they have travelled to areas of China where the virus is active, is asked to contact their healthcare provider or call 811. 

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