The CDC today alerted state and local health officials to be on the lookout for a deadly new virus, previously unseen in humans. 14 people thus far have been infected, most from countries in the Middle East and three from the United Kingdom. Of those infected, eight have died.
No cases of infection have been reported as yet in the United States.
The new virus is a coronavirus, and is thought to have originally come from an animal. Study of the cases in Britain suggest it may also be spread from person to person.
Symptoms are those of severe, acute respiratory infection including fever, cough and shortness of breath.
While neither the CDC or the WHO have warned travelers to avoid the stricken areas, the CDC did issue this travel notice about coronavirus in the Arabian Pennensula and in the United Kingdom. The WHO gave its most recent update on the novel coronavirus March 6.
All travelers are advised to employ common sense measures such as hand washing, hand sanitizer, avoiding contact with eyes, nose and mouth as well as close contact with other people. Tissues should be used to cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
Anyone who develops symptoms of severe respiratory illness within ten days of travel to these regions is advised to see their health care provider. There is no specific treatment for the virus other than general supportive measures.