North Carolina health officials investigating possible case of coronavirus

North Carolina health officials investigating possible case of coronavirus

North Carolina health officials investigating possible case of coronavirus

In a bulletin posted Wednesday, it also recommended that members ensure that their mask fitting is up to date and that they review their worksite exposure control plan.

There will likely be more cases of the virus in China and elsewhere, he said.

The three confirmed cases in the US are an airline passenger who flew from Wuhan to Washington state, a woman in Chicago who traveled to Wuhan in December, and one other person.

USA federal and local health authorities are monitoring more than 60 people as they attempt to catch new cases of coronavirus in travelers from China. Most people who contract the virus appear to experience milder symptoms.

A virus - previously unknown to science - is causing severe lung disease in China and has also been detected in other countries.

"The immediate risk to the USA public is low at this time but the situation continues to evolve rapidly", Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during the news conference.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds, and upper respiratory infection in chickens.

The six people had been monitored in hospitals in Montreal and Quebec City as a precautionary measure.

The United States has confirmed at least two cases, with both patients having returned from China with the virus.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, said; "Make no mistake".

Speaking at a news conference in Geneva on Thursday, the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that while WHO's assessment is that the outbreak represents a "high risk" regionally and globally, it is "too early" to declare it an global health concern.

But health workers should do more tests to diagnose whether the patient has been infected or not. "So the issue is not so much really numbers that we know will go up".

One indication of a virus' danger is how easily it spreads from person to person. "It may yet become one", he acknowledged.

A 60-year-old Chicago woman is the second US patient diagnosed with the new pneumonia-like virus from China.

Azar said the US was using a "multi-level" approach to protect Americans including airport screenings.

"The concentration of resources and efforts need to be focused on the tremendous work that our state and local partners are doing to rapidly identify cases and contacts and assure that the American health is protected", Cetron said.

Taiwan has banned people arriving from Wuhan and the USA state department warned American travellers to exercise increased caution in China.

Health officials warn patients to call a health care provider before seeking treatment for potential coronavirus symptoms so the appropriate preventive measures can be taken.

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