Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, said Tuesday the man works regularly in China and lives in the Vancouver area.
Henry says the man, who she says is doing well, is not in hospital but is being kept isolated at home and no members of his family have shown any symptoms as they are being monitored by health officials.
The man put himself into voluntary self-isolation at his home after returning from China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally.
The sample is now headed to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg for further confirmation - expected within 48 hours - although Henry said she is confident it is a positive case after it mapped and matched part of the disease's genome to the novel coronavirus.
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Experts say the United Kingdom is well equipped to deal with the virus but that authorities should take the risk seriously. The Forbidden City, the palace complex in Beijing that is now a museum, announced it will close indefinitely on Saturday.
Beyond testing for symptoms of the disease, health officials have been providing information to travellers from China without symptoms.
"Right now, the Australian government, through our embassy, is looking to deploy, working with the Chinese government consular officials, into Hubei province, into Wuhan", Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday.
"This first case is not unexpected to us", said Henry.
Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne was scheduled to hold a news conference later today to discuss the government's plans to help Canadians who are stuck in China and unable to leave because of quarantines imposed there. "The driver of respiratory outbreaks is symptomatic people, not asymptomatic carriers", said Fauci.
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Masks are particularly useful in preventing the spread of coronavirus when worn by those infected and by medical personnel who get close to patients' faces while providing care.
Beijing had repeatedly declined offers of assistance from outside experts, such as scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Henry explained that the individual carrying the virus in B.C.is a man in his 40s that travels to China frequently.
It's safe to say China doesn't exactly have the best track record when it comes to preventing the spread of largely untreatable illnesses capable of inciting panic on a global scale, as the country served as ground zero for the avian flu that whipped the world into a frenzy in the late 1990s before SARS sparked fears of a worldwide pandemic in the early 2000s.
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While the KDHE have not confirmed this as a case of the 2019 novel coronavirus, they believe it is important to keep the public informed and educated on this new virus.