The West African Health Organisation, WAHO has advised Nigerians on the recent outbreak of coronavirus infection in China, so that they can protect themselves and the region.

The agency’s Director-General Stanley Okolo, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja.

He said the agency is fully in support of World Health Organisation, WHO recommendations to countries regarding active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, and contact tracing to prevent further spread of the outbreak.

First identified by Chinese researchers with the pathogen behind a mysterious illness that had sickened 59 people in Wuhan, a city of 11 million in central China, coronavirus is a group of viruses common among animals, but now confirmed that it could also infect humans.

The large family of viruses can cause diseases ranging from common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, (SARS)

He added that WAHO was coordinating with member States to share real-time information on the outbreak, enhance communication between countries and strengthen countries’ surveillance capacity.

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