Last week, Chinese state media announced the discovery of a new coronavirus that was behind an outbreak impacting a few dozen people in the nation's Wuhan district.
Among 41 confirmed cases, there are members of the same family: a husband, who worked at a local seafood market - the suspected hotbed of the virus - and then a wife, who refuted visiting the market.
The National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg is now able to run tests to identify the family of coronaviruses, which may pick up this newly identified virus. She said it would be better to let the mainland experts comment on the infectivity of the disease as they were analyzing it.More news: Joe Brady leaving LSU for Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator job
Security guards stand in front of the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, in Wuhan, China, on January 11, 2020.
In Hong Kong, hospitals have raised their alert level to "serious" and stepped up detection measures including temperature checkpoints for inbound travelers.
More than 40 cases of the infection - including one death - have been identified in Wuhan City, China and on Monday Thai officials confirmed a person who had travelled from Wuhan City had been diagnosed in that country. No community outbreak had happened. A 61-year-old man has become the first person to die in China from a respiratory illness believed caused by a new virus from the same family as SARS, which claimed hundreds of lives more than a decade ago, authorities said. It said the woman had been isolated and was in a stable condition, while those who had close contact with her were under medical observation.More news: Microsoft fixes Windows crypto bug reported by the NSA
Today, the World Health Organization said there may have been limited human-to-human transmission of the new virus in China within families, and it is possible there could be a wider outbreak.
The inland city of Wuhan in Hubei Province has been hit by the pneumonia outbreak since December.
Kim said in the past, when new virus outbreaks appeared in Canada, Alberta hospitals were alerted and asked to triage patients who had travelled to affected countries, keep them separate from other patients, and tests were expedited through the provincial lab.More news: Red Sox officially part ways with Alex Cora