As coronavirus spreads no additional measures introduced for Dublin Airport so far

As coronavirus spreads no additional measures introduced for Dublin Airport so far

Chinese health officials are warning that the coronavirus is starting to mutate and spread around the world.

The illness has killed nine people in China so far and more than 400 have been infected.

It has travelled as far as the US.

Extra measures are being put in place in airports which have direct flights to Wuhan but Dublin Airport says it has not received instructions from the Department of Health to do so.

“The HSE and Department of Health are the experts in this area," a Dublin Airport spokesperson has said.

"They will issue public health guidance as required and we will liaise with them and follow any and all guidelines.

"Dublin Airport currently has no direct flights to China.”

The World Health Organisation says it is closely monitoring the situation.

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove outlines how you can protect yourself.

"The coronovirus typically causes respiratory symptoms so we recommend basic hand hygiene - just washing your hands with soap and water," said Dr Van Kerkhove.

"We also recommend respiratory hygiene such as when you sneeze, sneeze into your elbow."

The illness comes from a newly identified type of coronavirus, a family of viruses that can cause the common cold as well as more serious illnesses such as the Sars outbreak that spread from China to more than a dozen countries in 2002-03 and killed about 800 people.

Officials said it was too early to compare the new virus with Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) or Mers (Middle East respiratory syndrome), in terms of how lethal it might be.

They attributed the spike in new cases to improvements in detection and monitoring.

Gao Fu, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and head of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control, said officials are working on the assumption that the outbreak resulted from human exposure to wild animals being sold illegally at a food market in Wuhan and that the virus is mutating.

Jiao Yahui, a health commission official, said: “The disease will continue to develop. It has developed different features compared with the early stage, and the prevention and precautionary measures need to change accordingly.”

Health officials confirmed earlier this week that the disease can be spread between humans after finding two infected people in Guangdong province in southern China who had not been to Wuhan.

Fifteen medical workers also tested positive for the virus, Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said.

Fourteen of them, one doctor and 13 nurses, were infected by a patient who had been admitted to hospital for neurosurgery but also had the coronavirus.

Additional reporting by Press Association

More on this topic

As Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Louis-Dreyfus open up, 4 other celebs on postnatal depressionAs Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Louis-Dreyfus open up, 4 other celebs on postnatal depression

Thousands added to hospital wait listsThousands added to hospital wait lists

Medical cost fears for families granted access to medicinal cannabis amid reimbursement uncertaintyMedical cost fears for families granted access to medicinal cannabis amid reimbursement uncertainty

AI used to ‘predict heart attack and stroke for the first time’AI used to ‘predict heart attack and stroke for the first time’


More in this Section

'One in a million': Ghost ship from African coast washes up on rocks in Cork'One in a million': Ghost ship from African coast washes up on rocks in Cork

Storm Dennis: Hailstones the size of marbles fall in KilkennyStorm Dennis: Hailstones the size of marbles fall in Kilkenny

Gardaí concerned for well-being of missing Wicklow womanGardaí concerned for well-being of missing Wicklow woman

'If I had a euro for every time I've been called the 'c word' in the last month...''If I had a euro for every time I've been called the 'c word' in the last month...'


Lifestyle

When Marisa Murphy went to play as a teenager on Dinish Island, she could still see the flowers growing among the ruins in her grandmother’Islands of Ireland: Barely inhabitated Dinish became an industrial zone

MAC make-up artist Lucy Bridge shares her tips backstage at Roland Mouret.How to create the perfect matte red lip, according to a backstage beauty expert

New trends include chunky heeled boots, silver belts and lots of plaid from the British designer.Victoria Beckham got ‘rebellious’ for her new collection – as David and family watched on

When horses were shown photographs of angry human faces, their hearts speeded up.Jackass penguin talk is similar to humans

More From The Irish Examiner