Please see the attached Prince William Health District (PWHD) notice referencing a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) originating from Wuhan City, China.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause disease ranging from the common cold to severe disease (e.g., Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)). As of January 21, 2020, there are over 300 confirmed cases in China with one identified case in the State of Washington.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the current risk of 2019-nCoV infection to the American public to be low based on current available information. However, CDC recommends that patients in the US who experience fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, and who, in the last 14 days before symptom onset, had traveled from or had close contact with people who are under investigation for said virus, get evaluated.
For more information on this rapidly evolving situation, please visit the CDC Novel Coronavirus 2019 website or call PWHD at 703-792-6300.