A PATIENT has been placed in isolation in University Hospital Kerry (UHK) amid concerns they are showing symptoms similar to those of the coronavirus.
The person - understood to be a woman who may been in contact with people who travelled to China recently - presented at UHK with respiratory problems.
As a precautionary measure, the woman was immediately placed in isolation.
All medical staff dealing with the woman are now complying with strict hygiene and control protocols.
The woman is being treated for respiratory issues and is understood to be receiving anti-viral medications.
While she is understood to be quite unwell, her condition is stable and not life threatening.
One medical source said that while the symptoms are similar to those of the coronavirus, the illness involved may ultimately prove to be an entirely different virus.
Tests have been conducted to determine the precise nature of the infection involved.
A spokesperson for UHK declined to comment.
"It is not our policy to comment on individual cases," they said.
The matter is being carefully monitored by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Ireland's public health experts.
It came as countries worldwide were carefully monitoring all such respiratory illnesses amid ongoing fears over the spread of the coronavirus from China.
The virus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan over three weeks ago.
More than 500 people have now died from the virus which has prompted a massive lockdown across China.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised strict measures to control the spread of the virus.
More than 20 other countries worldwide have confirmed cases of coronavirus - most involving people who have travelled from the general Wuhan area.
However, a number of detections involved people who had been in contact with travellers from Wuhan.