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What You Need To Know About Wuhan Coronavirus
January 21, 2020
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced today that a person from Washington State has a confirmed case of Wuhan Coronavirus. The man was returned to the United States form Wuhan on January 15, 2020.
The patient sought care at a medical facility in the state of Washington, where the patient was treated for the illness. Based on the patient’s travel history and symptoms, healthcare professional suspected this new coronavirus. The patient is the first person known to be infected with the 2019-nCoV in the United States.
The Wuhan Coronavirus is a cousin of the SARS virus and was first detected in Wuhan, China at a large seafood and animal market in December 2019. The viruses can make people sick with mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to the common cold.
The risk to the general population is low. The DOH is working with the CDC to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the infected traveler. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.