Transport fever has been diagnosed in Australia for the first time, and now it is a coronavirus strain.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) says coronaviruses are no longer a threat to the Australian public, but a health warning is in place.
It says the condition is becoming more prevalent as the world’s population ages.
The coronaviral virus is transmitted through contact with respiratory secretions from the nose and mouth.
The health advisory said the coronavids are not spread via the air but through the food and water supply.
Dr Rohan Sharma, head of the National Health Council, said the spread was expected to peak by 2020.
The warning was issued to more than 2,000 hospitals, primary care providers, community health agencies and other health organisations across the country.
The Australian Council of Medical Royal Colleges (ACMC) said coronavirochs are spreading through the community, with hospitals reporting an increase in infections in the past few months.
“We’ve seen an increase from two-thirds of cases in June to over half of cases this month,” ACMC president David Prentice said.
“That’s a worrying trend and it means coronavillosis is going to get worse.”
A study released in October by the World Health Organization said coronivirus outbreaks in Australia had been declining since the mid-2000s.
“The current situation of the world is very worrying and it’s not a good time to be doing anything about it,” Dr Prentice added.