Wuhan novel coronavirus (WN-CoV) is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans.
The risk of getting the illness in the UK is low.
Advice to travellers going to Wuhan, China
You should avoid all but essential travel to Wuhan, Hubei province, China.
If you are travelling to the area, you should:
- wash your hands regularly with soap and water
- avoid visiting animal and bird markets
- avoid contact with anyone who is ill with a cough or difficulty breathing
Advice to travellers returning from Wuhan, China
If you have travelled to Wuhan City in China in the last 2 weeks and feel unwell, call NHS 111 for advice.
Do not go straight to a doctor's surgery or hospital.
What is the risk of catching Wuhan novel coronavirus in the UK?
If there is a case in the UK, health professionals will aim to contact anyone who has been in close contact with the infected person.
If you have not been contacted, be reassured you are extremely unlikely to catch Wuhan novel coronavirus.
Symptoms of Wuhan coronavirus
Symptoms usually include:
- feeling tired
- difficulty breathing
- a high temperature
- a cough
How is Wuhan novel coronavirus spread between people?
Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how Wuhan novel coronavirus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses spread by cough droplets.
Treatment for Wuhan novel coronavirus
There is no specific treatment for Wuhan novel coronavirus. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms.
For further information go to gov.uk/coronavirus.