Category: Infection Control

Wuhan novel coronavirus (WN-CoV) & Avian Flu

As you have heard on the news the WuHan Flu is spreading

WuHan (WN-CoV) – 1+2

1. Symptoms – either:

  • Acute respiratory infection of ANY degree of severity (including at least one of: shortness of breath, cough or sore throat)
  • Severe acute respiratory infection requiring admission to hospital with clinical or radiological evidence of pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome

2. Travel or Contact history

  • Travel to Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in the 14 days before onset of illness?
  • Contact with a confirmed case of WN-CoV in the 14 days before onset of illness?


AVIAN flu definition – 1+2

1. Symptoms :

  • History of fever or fever ≥ 38°C AND (any of)
    • Lower respiratory tract symptoms (cough or SOB)
    • CXR findings of consolidation
    • ARDS
    • other severe illness suggestive of infectious process

2. Contact history

  • Close contact (within 1 metre) with live, dying or dead domestic poultry or wild birds, including live bird markets, in an area of the world affected by avian influenza or with any confirmed infected animal, in the 10 days before the onset of symptoms
  • In the 10 days before the onset of symptoms: Close contact with a confirmed human case, human case(s) of unexplained illness resulting in death from affected areas, human cases of severe unexplained respiratory illness from affected areas)

For Either: Patient to wear face mask until in Negative Pressure Isolation

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Influenza POCT (Adult)

The 2019-20 Flu season has arrived, and we need to be thinking about who to test and who to treat. Full guide HERE But don’t forget MERS!!

Q1. Do you suspect Flu?

  • Fever
  • Coryza
  • Arthralgia and/or Myalgia
  • Malaise
  • GI symptoms – with or without signs of respiratory/other involvement e.g. CN

Yes! – Respiratory precautions

  • Isolated in a side room
  • Surgical face mask worn on entry to room + gloves and apron
  • FFP3 mask or hood worn for aerosol generating procedures
  • Bare below the elbow / good quality hand hygiene
  • Proceed to Q2


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