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Potential coronavirus infection at Avalon Airport

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A man has been rushed to hospital after disembarking from a plane from Malaysia with potential coronavirus symptoms.

A man has been rushed to hospital after disembarking from a plane from Malaysia with potential coronavirus symptoms.

The man landed at Avalon Airport outside Melbourne this morning before being taken directly to University Hospital Geelong for testing.

The patient is in his thirties, health officials have confirmed.

A passenger at Avalon Airport is being tested for coronavirus.

"We need to confirm the diagnosis," the Department of Health and Human Services told 9News.

"The patient is being tested for coronavirus and will be quarantined until we know what the outcome is."

If confirmed, the man will be the 40th person in Australia with coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Countries with confirmed coronavirus cases according to WHO.

There have been 29 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Malaysia.

AirAsia flies between Kuala Lumpur and Avalon Airport regularly.

The D7218 flight the possibly infected passenger was aboard landed at 9am today.

Australia does not currently have a travel advisory for Malaysia relating to coronavirus.

But Malaysia does have strict entry restrictions for entering the country for people from certain regions in China and South Korea affected by the disease.


What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a specific type of coronavirus that causes severe lung disease and originated in China on December 31, 2019.

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals and cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The name comes from the Latin word "corona," meaning a halo or crown, which the viruses resemble when viewed under a microscope.

The current outbreak is most likely to have started from people who picked it up from a fresh food market, also known as a 'wet market', in Wuhan, China.

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Although it is a new strain among humans, it is likely the virus was being transmitted among different animal species and then transferred to humans at the market.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

The incubation period - between infection and showing any symptoms - lasts up to 14 days, according to the WHO.

But some researchers say it may be as long as 24 days.

And Chinese scientists say some people may be infectious even before their symptoms appear.

How does COVID-19 spread and how fast is it spreading?

The virus is spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are released when an infected person coughs, sneezes or exhales.

These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person and may remain persist for a few hours or even several days.

Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Current studies show that the virus isn't air-borne meaning it doesn't travel through the air but through the droplets released by an infected person.

This is why it is important to wear a face mask, keep your hands clean and stay away from an infected person.

Coronavirus: How to protect yourself and others

Source: 9News

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