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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities first identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in more than 200 confirmed human infections in China with three deaths reported. A number of countries, including the United States, are actively screening incoming travelers from Wuhan. Exported cases have been confirmed in neighboring countries and in a traveler who returned to Snohomish County from Wuhan last week.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people such as has been seen with MERS and SARS. Past MERS and SARS outbreaks have been complex, requiring comprehensive public health responses.
Many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China have reported some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, suggesting person-to-person spread is occurring.
Based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is deemed to be low at this time.
Information for Healthcare Professionalshttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/guidance-hcp.html
Interim Guidance for Preventing Transmission in Homes and Communitieshttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/guidance-prevent-spread.html
Guidance for Travelershttps://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/novel-coronavirus-china