Brisbane man in isolation after showing coronavirus symptoms
A Brisbane man is being tested for a new, deadly strain of coronavirus after returning from China with a respiratory illness.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young told reporters the man had recently visited the city of Wuhan, the same region in China where the coronavirus broke out in December last year.
Dr Young said the man was being kept in isolation until the results of his test were known.
The new strain of the coronavirus has killed three people and infected more than 200 people so far.
So far, it's been confirmed that three travellers - two now in Thailand and one in Japan - who visited Wuhan have been infected by the virus.
Earlier today, a Chinese medical expert also confirmed the virus, which has so far killed three people, could be spread from human to human.
Zhong Nanshan, head of the team set up by China's National Health Commission to investigate the pneumonia-like virus, said that at least two cases had been spread from person to person and medical staff had also been infected.
Authorities had previously said the new strain of coronavirus, which was traced by health officials to a seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, was primarily passed from animals to humans.
But at least two people have become infected in recent days, despite living hundreds of kilometres from Wuhan.
A British tourist in a Phuket hospital is also being tested for the virus after showing similar symptoms, The Sun reports.