The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an illness outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. A number of countries, including the United States, also have confirmed cases of human infections.
Coronaviruses are a
large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more
severe infections such as pneumonia, Middle East respiratory
syndrome (known as MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome
(SARS). Common signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of
breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause
pneumonia, kidney failure or death.
Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China, reportedly had 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 now occurring, though it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. The situation with regard to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is still unclear. While severe illness, including illness resulting in numerous deaths, has been reported in China, other patients have had milder illness and have been discharged.
There are ongoing investigations to learn more. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. Please check out the links listed below for more information –Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Connecticut Department of Health, and the World Health Organization.
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