Alan is an Infectious Diseases and General Physician in Christchurch, New Zealand. Hailing from bonny Scotland, he trained in the UK, and came to Christchurch in 1999.
2019-nCov: Update On An Emerging Epidemic
Within the last few weeks a newly recognised Corona virus [2019-nCov] has caused a rapidly spreading epidemic, which has resulted in global alarm. Like previous emerging corona viruses [SARS and MERS] this infection is a zoonosis which appears to have adapted for human to human transmission, is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. At the time of writing this abstract almost 6000 cases have been diagnosed with 132 deaths. Cases have mainly been in the Wuhan, but have been recognised throughout China, in most surrounding countries, and in several countries in Europe, the USA and Australia.
Undoubtedly the situation will continue to evolve. I will aim to provide an timely update at the meeting.