A new case of novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Victoria.

The total number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection in Victoria is now four. There are currently 13 pending results and a total of 149 negative results.

The latest case is a woman in her 20s, a resident of Melbourne, who is recovering at home with the respiratory illness. She was confirmed positive late yesterday following a series of tests.

After spending time in Wuhan, Hubei Province, she returned home to Victoria on January 25 and became unwell two days later.

She was seen by doctors in a Melbourne hospital on January 30 in accordance with infection control procedures and was assessed as well enough to stay at home.

The woman is not considered to have been infectious on her flight to Melbourne.  Since then, she has remained at home and isolated and has had no visitors. There are therefore no public exposure sites and the department has not identified any close contacts that require follow up.

Advice to the public and health services and general practitioners has not changed.

The Department of Health and Human Services has established a hotline where any member of the public can call to seek information on Coronavirus and discuss further actions on 1800 675 398.

Doctors who are reporting a potential case should call 1300 651 160.

For more information visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus

Background

Anyone who has travelled in China’s Hubei province should self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the Hubei province, other than when seeking individual medical care.

Given the lower number of cases in China reported outside of Hubei province, people who have recently travelled in other parts of China or other countries are not being asked to self-isolate at this time.

If you have developed symptoms of fever and breathing difficulty or cough or have had direct contact with a confirmed case, you should seek medical help immediately.

Before visiting your GP or emergency department you should call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.

Hands should be washed regularly with soap and water. Respiratory and cough etiquette should be observed at all times. If you feel sick, avoid contact with others.

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