The German Health Ministry confirmed late on Tuesday that three further cases of thenew unsafe strain of coronavirus have been discovered in Bavaria, increasing the total numer of patients in Germany to four. There have been no deaths outside China.
The patient was in China where there is a lot of the virus and thought it would be wise to let officials know that they had symptoms including fever and cough typical of the virus, according to KDHE Secretary Lee Norman, M.D. "We have been on high alert for a number of weeks now and we have established our emergency response structure so we can maintain that".
Hong Kong officials announced new cases of the virus on Tuesday, and said that all train and ferry travel between Hong Kong and mainland China are being cut off starting January 30. Almost 60 cases have been confirmed in at least 10 other countries, including the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and France. The team has developed a diagnostic test for this new coronavirus and is co-ordinating staff and supplies to ensure potential cases can be detected quickly and accurately. The department sent out a detailed medical advisory to healthcare providers last week on reporting, testing, specimen collection, and interim healthcare infection control recommendations for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
The latest: While this is a "potentially very serious health threat", the risk to Americans right now remains low, Azar said. "It's not something that comes through the skin".
Last week, the Center for Disease Control confirmed the virus has made its way to the United States and the number of diagnoses in countries around the world has only increased since then (more than 100 people have died since the outbreak began). The vast majority of them were traveling to other locales around the country to celebrate the Lunar New Year, which isn't exactly the best news when you consider the entire point of a quarantine is to isolate something to a restricted area.
"And that's why it's so critical that we maintain our focus on being able to safely assess, test and care for people if need be". There is no evidence that the virus can be transmitted when the carrier is asymptomatic, she said.