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2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Outbreak
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. There have been several hundred human infections that have been confirmed in China with reported deaths. Additionally, exported cases have been reported in Japan, Thailand, South Korea, and the United States. Initially most infected people reported exposure to a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan City, suggesting a potential zoonotic origin. However, a growing number of cases did not report visiting the market, indicating limited person-to-person transmission. Prevention and control measures are being implemented in several cities in China and traveler screenings are now in place in the US.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. Visit the CDC website at 2019-nCoV Situation Summary or the ISDH’s website at https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm for updates.
Patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of: fever, cough, difficulty breathing
CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
CDC recommends getting the flu shot every season for anyone 6 months and older.
It’s not too late to be vaccinated.
Flu shots still available at the Health Department.
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