Brisbane man being tested for coronavirus after trip to China
Jan. 21, 2020
A SARS-like virus that has spread across China and reached three other Asian nations appears to have spread to Australia.
A Brisbane man is reportedly being tested for the deadly new strain of coronavirus after returning from a trip to China.
Queensland's chief health officer Jeanette Young told reporters the man had been isolated at his home.
"We've got one gentleman that we're following at the moment who has travelled to Wuhan and has developed a respiratory illness."
"We've done some tests on him and are awaiting test results."
Wuhan, the sprawling capital of central China's Hubei province, is the epicentre of the coronavirus.
The announcement came just hours after Australia's chief medical officer Brendan Murphy said the risk posed to Australians by the new strain was low.
Biosecurity staff have been stationed at Sydney airport to meet the three direct flights a week from Wuhan to Sydney.
Queensland's Department of Health has been contacted for comment.
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