WHO statement on novel coronavirus in Thailand

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Geneva, 13 January 2020 – The World Health
Organization (WHO) is working with officials in Thailand and China following
reports of confirmation of the novel coronavirus in a person in Thailand.

The person
was a traveler from Wuhan, China, and was identified by Thai officials on 8
January, and hospitalized that day. The person is recovering from the illness
according to Thai officials.

The
possibility of cases being identified in other countries was not unexpected,
and reinforces why WHO calls for on-going active monitoring and preparedness in
other countries. WHO has issued guidance on how to detect and treat persons ill
with the new virus.

The genetic
sequencing shared by China enables more countries to rapidly diagnose patients.

WHO
reiterates that it is essential that investigations continue in China to
identify the source of this outbreak and any animal reservoirs or intermediate
hosts.

Given developments, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will consult with Emergency Committee members and could call for a meeting of the committee on short notice.

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