A probable case of coronavirus has been identified in Montreal

Feb 28 2020, 6:22 am

Quebec’s first presumptive case of the COVID-19 coronavirus has been detected in Montreal.

The case has been “effectively managed” by provincial health network professionals, according to Santé Québec, and the the Direction régionale de santé publique de Montreal is working to identify people who have come in close contact with the infected person to prevent spreading the disease.

The novel coronavirus originated in the city of Wuhan, China in December 2019. The virus causes respiratory infections with symptoms that include fever, cough, and breathing trouble.

At this point, Santé Québec says there have been 79 other cases that were studied and turned up negative. According to the news release, 21 other Quebecers are being investigated for symptoms.

An official confirmation will soon be issued, according to the provincial health ministry.

In Canada, there are 13 confirmed cases of coronavirus, six in Ontario and seven in BC.

Quebec has sent the presumptive positive sample to the National Microbiology Laboratory for further testing. If confirmed by the laboratory, this would be Canada’s 14th confirmed case.