Epidemiological Update Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Pan American Health Organization

World Health Organization

Based in what it is currently known about 2019-nCoV in terms of epidemiology, natural history of the infection in humans, as well as control measures – and also considering the epidemiological and clinical features of other coronaviruses, such as SARS-CoV and MERSCoV – indicates that essential public health functions, defined as core capacities in Annex 1 of the IHR, and further detailed in the tool used by States Parties to present their IHR Annual Report to the World Health Assembly, constitute the foundations for building upon readiness to contain onward transmission of the 2019-nCoV following the importation of one or more cases.

Due to the importation of cases of 2019-nCoV, the PAHO/WHO recommends that Member States, strengthen surveillance activities to early detect suspect case(s) of 2019-nCoV, detect unusual respiratory events, ensure that health workers have access to up-to-date information on this disease, and are familiar with the principles and procedures for managing 2019-nCoV infections and are trained to consult a patient’s travel history to link this information with clinical data.

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