The etiologic agent responsible for the cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan has been identified as a novel betacoronavirus, (in the same family as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV) via next generation sequencing (NGS) from cultured virus or directly from samples received from several pneumonia patients. Electron microscopy revealed a virus with a characteristic crown morphology: a coronavirus.
As information about the novel cornovirus causimg disease in the cluster of respiratory disease patients identified in Wuhan is evolving, HISI shall be providing updates on the news and resources available.
Surveillance case definitions for human infection with novel coronavirus (nCoV) by WHO. (updated Jan 23, 2020)
Epidemiological Update Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) 20 January 2020 by PAHO. (updated Jan 23, 2020)
Infection prevention and control during health care when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected. Interim guidance January 2020 by WHO. (updated Jan 23, 2020)
Laboratory testing for 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in suspected human cases - Interim guidance 14 January 2020 by WHO. (updated Jan 23, 2020)
Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected. (WHO). (updated Jan 23, 2020)
Home care for patients with suspected novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection presenting with mild symptoms and management of contacts (WHO). (updated Jan 23, 2020)
Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by CDC-USA. (updated Jan 23, 2020)
Wuhan novel coronavirus (WN-CoV) infection prevention and control guidance - Public Health England, UK (updated Jan 23, 2020)
Government of India - Travel advisory to travelers visiting China.
An infection with a novel coronavirus has been reported from China. As on 11th January, 2020, 41 confirmed cases have been reported so far, of which one has died. Only travel related cases have been reported (one each) in Thailand and Japan. The clinical signs and symptoms are mainly fever with a few patients having difficulty in breathing.
Mode of transmission is unclear as of now. However, so far there is little evidence of significant human- to-human transmission.
Although as per World Health Organization’s risk assessment the risk for global spread has been stated as low, as a matter of abundant precaution, the travellers to China are advised the following:
Introduction: Bloodstream infections (BSIs) are an important cause of morbidity and mortality in a healthcare facility. It is essential to follow standardised, evidence-based policies and protocols so as to prevent BSIs associated with indwelling intravascular medical devices. To address this issue, the Hospital Infection Society-India (HISI) took up the initiative to build up consensus on 'Infection Prevention aspects of Indwelling Intravascular Medical Devices'. The HISI is an association of medical professionals with a special interest in the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial stewardship. It is registered with the Registrar of Societies at Delhi. Founded in 1991, the Society presently has >1000 members. A HISI Educational and Awareness Initiative 'Vichar Goshthi' and Consensus Building were organised under the aegis of HISI Delhi NCR Chapter Meet on Saturday 7th July 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Auditorium, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi.
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