There is a rapidly expanding outbreak in China of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus abbreviated “2019-nCoV”. This virus is spreading from person-to-person in China and exported cases have been detected in a growing number of countries internationally. The Chinese authorities identified more than a thousand confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States. It’s possible that some person-to-person spread of 2019-nCoV will happen in the U.S., however, this virus is currently NOT spreading in the community in the U.S. While this situation poses a very serious public health threat, CDC believes the immediate risk to the U.S. public is low at this time. For the latest information on this rapidly evolving outbreak visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.
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