Single imported case of novel coronavirus reported Jan. 21 in Everett, Wash. US. Patient hospitalized in isolation; low risk to public.

Severity: Informational Alert

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This alert began 22 Jan 2020 04:03 GMT and is scheduled to expire 29 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Novel Coronavirus
  • Location(s): Everett, Wash.
  • Period: January 2020
  • Cases (Confirmed): 1 (1)

US authorities reported a single imported case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from Wuhan, China to Everett, Wash., US on Jan. 21. The infected individual is a resident of Snohomish County, Wash. and had returned from a trip to Wuhan, China on Jan. 15. The infected individual presented with symptoms to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash., on Jan. 19 and was diagnosed Jan. 20. The individual is receiving treatment in isolation. The US CDC has assessed the wider risk to the public to be low. This report represents the most complete information available as of Jan. 21.

Background and Analysis
This is the fifth internationally exported case of 2019-nCoV from Wuhan City, China by travelers. The reported clinical signs and symptoms of 2019-nCoV infection are primarily fever, with only a few patients reported having breathing difficulty with chest radiographs highlighting invasive pneumonic infiltrates in both lungs. Preliminary information suggests older individuals and those with chronic illness are more susceptible to infection and are at increased risk for severe complications. Human-to-human transmission has been confirmed by Chinese health authorities, though it remains unclear how easily the virus spreads between people. Officials continue with intensive disease surveillance, contact tracing, and epidemiological investigations into all suspected and confirmed case of 2019-nCoV.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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