Coronavirus "procedures in place" say NHS Grampian
NHS Grampian have "procedures in place" to deal with the deadly outbreak of coronavirus should it trouble the north-east.
Coronavirus, also known Covid-19, has claimed more than 1300 lives worldwide so far. There have been around 60,000 cases.
There has been nine confirmed cases of the virus in the United Kingdom, but, despite 148 tests, there has been no case of coronavirus so far in Scotland.
But NHS Grampian are ready if there are. A spokesperson said: "We have well-rehearsed procedures in place to deal with the coronavirus, with these having been developed to deal with any such communicable virus.
"We are actively working with colleagues nationally and with the Scottish Government to ensure we are well prepared to address any suspected cases which may present within the region."
Common symptoms of the Coronavirus include a high temperature or fever, a cough and a shortness of breath.
The best way to protect yourself against respiratory illnesses such as influenza and the new coronavirus, according to NHS Grampian, is to wash your hands frequently with alchohol based rub, cover your mouth and nose properly when sneezing before discarding the tissue immediately and to maintain a one metre distance between yourself and others, especially if they are coughing or sneezing.
Further information is available on NHS Inform.