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Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and its partners are carefully monitoring the unfolding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The virus originated in China and has spread beyond the country's borders with cases now reported in multiple other countries including the United States. Earlier today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the second travel-related case in the U.S.
“This is an evolving situation and we're watching it closely. It's very possible that we could see a travel-related case here in Nebraska. We've shared information with Nebraska health care providers and health care facilities regarding recognition, management and reporting of patients with potential 2019 Novel Coronavirus infections as part of our plan to address this threat," said Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist for DHHS.
Disease experts continue to extensively study this new coronavirus. They know it can cause respiratory illness with fever, cough and shortness of breath. While severe illness and at least 26 deaths have been reported in China, other people have experienced milder illness. How easily 2019-nCoV can be transmitted is not yet established, but it is spreading person-to-person.
While CDC officials consider this a serious public health threat, they say the immediate health risk of 2019-nCoV to the American public is currently considered low.
Quick facts about 2019-nCoV:
Source: CDC and DHHS
To learn more about 2019-nCoV, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
For frequently asked questions about 2019-nCov, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html