Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
The CDC is monitoring an increase of a reported number of coronavirus cases in several US states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made an official update this past Monday. The CDC fears the growing outbreak in China will translate to more cases popping up in the US in the coming weeks. While 5 states have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, so far, 32 cases have come back with negative results. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) decided against making the coronavirus an “international health crisis.”
The coronavirus has killed more than 80 people in China, with at least 2,000 more sick. Around the world, at least 16 world health locations have confirmed cases of the virus in their area. Health officials have traced the origin of the coronavirus back to a livestock market in Wuhan, China. The virus has been confirmed to be transmittable between humans and animals. Since the first case was reported in December, the virus outbreak has continued to rapidly increase. At least 5 US confirmed coronavirus cases had patients recently travel to Wuhan.
Since the first confirmed US outbreak, the CDC and other health officials have updated travel guidelines to help control the outbreak. Many passengers coming from Wuhan are reporting to special health screenings at all major airports in the States. The CDC is encouraging travelers to use “extreme caution” when traveling out of China.
Many Americans are wary of the impending danger of the coronavirus outbreak. “We understand that many people in the United States are worried about the virus and how it will affect Americans,” Dr. Nancy Messionier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said a press conference. “Risk depends on exposure. Right now, we have a handful of patients with this new virus here in the United States. However, at this time, in the U.S., this virus is not spreading in the community. For that reason, we continue to believe that the immediate health risk from the new virus to the general American public is low at this time.”
Despite the growing outbreak, the CDC has yet to see “human to human transmission” among the suspected cases. Dr. Nancy Messionier addressed concerns about China’s health minister Ma Xiaowei on Sunday when hse spoke about the symptoms before the virus attacks. “We at CDC don’t have any clear evidence of patients being infectious before symptom onset,” said Messonnier. “We are being… very aggressive and very cautious in tracking of close contacts to determine if we are able to identify any close contacts who indeed are ill.”
The CDC warns people of traveling to the city of Wuhan that are not considered “essential travel.” If you have to travel, the CDC advises people to practice healthy hygiene in order to minimize the outbreak. Messonnier warns changes to the travel guidelines may come in the coming days.