THE University of Glasgow has sent a staff member home as a precaution amid fears of coronavirus.

The School of Education worker became ill after a recent trip to Rome.

She was advised to self-isolate at home after consulting with NHS Scotland.

The university said that the measure was taken as a precaution.

READ MORE: Coronavirus: Scotland could ban major events to halt spread

A spokesperson commented: "A colleague returned from Rome (not in the affected area of Italy) and was feeling unwell yesterday.

"The individual was not exhibiting symptoms consistent with Coronavirus, but as a precaution the colleague was told to go home and call NHS 24.

"They instructed the person to self-isolate. That is entirely in keeping with public health advice.”

More than 440 cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in northern Italy, with the infection believed to have spread from the region to countries including Spain, Croatia, Greece and Switzerland.