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SFU expert available for comment on first Coronavirus case reported in B.C.

January 30, 2020

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control confirmed the first case of Coronavirus in Vancouver, B.C. yesterday, but added that the risk to British Columbians continues to be low.

However, earlier today the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency. 

Canada currently has a total of three confirmed cases — two in Toronto and a third in British Columbia.

Caroline Colijn from Simon Fraser University’s Department of Mathematics is available for comment. Her research focusses on developing mathematical tools connecting sequence data to the ecology and evolution of infections.

To get in touch with her, please contact:

Shradhha Sharma, University Communications and Marketing, 778.782.3210,

Caroline Colijn, professor & Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematics for Evolution, Infection and Public Health, 778.782.3964,