Another case of the Wuhan Corona virus reaches the West Coast Region
— Arizona, US
Another case of the Corona virus was found in the southern portion of the West Coast region.
The virus was found in a patient in Maricopa County, Arizona (39 miles south of Phoenix), bringing the total number of people confirmed to be infected with the deadly virus in the United States to five.
The person with the virus in Arizona is a member of the Arizona State University community but does not live in university housing, Phoenix based ABC 15 reported, citing state and local health departments. The person recently returned from travel in Wuhan, China, witch is the epicenter of the outbreak.
Arizona officials said they were investigating the person's close contacts to determine whether the virus spread while they were infectious, but Dr. Cara Christ, the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, stated that the immediate risk to the public "is believed to be low at this time."
The patient is said to be a member of the Arizona State University community, lives in Tempe, but does not live in university housing. ADHS officials said the person had recently returned from travel to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the illness.
"MCDPH and ADHS are currently investigating to identify any close contacts that may have been exposed while the person was infectious," the statement from ADHS read. "Any individuals who have been identified as having been exposed will be contacted directly. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms in collaboration with public health and the university."
“While the immediate risk of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to the general public is believed to be low at this time, ADHS and our county public health partners will continue to actively monitor for the disease,” said Dr. Cara Christ, ADHS director. “There are simple daily precautions that everyone should always take to prevent the spread of diseases.”
While CDC considers this a serious #publichealth concern, based on current information, the immediate health risk from #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to the general American public is considered low. https://t.co/Q6YyhdOKkzpic.twitter.com/6QaizkZ7Ar
— AZ Dept. of Health (@AZDHS) January 26, 2020
According to ADHS, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms of the virus appear within two to 14 days after exposure and can include:
With the flu and other respiratory diseases circulating in the community, public health officials are encouraging everyone to get a flu shot. Additionally, they are encouraging everyone to take the following precautions:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Stay home when you are sick.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.