First presumptive case of Wuhan coronavirus reported in B.C.

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A man in his 40s from the Vancouver Coastal Health region, who has recently been in Wuhan, China, is the first coronavirus case confirmed in B.C.

The provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has confirmed that a case of the coronavirus has been discovered in the province.

Henry says the man, who she says is doing well, is not in hospital but is being kept isolated at home and no members of his family have shown any symptoms as they are being monitored by health officials.

The government says the man began showing symptoms 24 hours after returning home.

He contacted a primary health-care provider on Sunday to notify them he had travelled to Wuhan and was experiencing symptoms before coming in for assessment and treatment.

Dr. Henry said the risk of spread of this virus within B.C. remains low.

The man's case is still considered a presumptive positive pending confirmation from a laboratory in Winnipeg, but Dr. Henry said "we are confident this is truly a case of this novel coronavirus".

If confirmed, it would be the first case of coronavirus in B.C. China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of a new form of coronavirus, with at least 106 deaths.

Adrian Dix, the provincial minister of health, also spoke to his pride in the country's response to the virus and public concern surrounding the virus.

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