CDC issues coronavirus notice after confirmation of 14th case in Saudi Arabia
On the heels of the latest World Health Organization report that a 14th person has been confirmed positive for the novel coronavirus (NCoV) in Saudi Arabia earlier this week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an updated public notice Thursday.
There have been 14 cases confirmed since April last year with more than half of these patients succumbing to the disease.
In addition, there may now be evidence of person-to-person transmission after reports of the “family cluster” reported in the UK last month.
As far as international travel, the CDC says the following:
CDC does not recommend that anyone change their travel plans because of these cases of the novel coronavirus. CDC recommends that US travelers to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula monitor their health and see a doctor right away if they develop fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath. They should tell the doctor about their recent travel.
In addition, they offer the following recommendations for travelers:
Taking the same preventive actions that prevent the spread of germs and protect against colds, flu, and other illnesses should be followed:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Be sure you are up-to-date with all of your shots, and if possible, see your healthcare provider at least 4–6 weeks before travel to get any additional shots. Visit CDC’s Travelers’ Health website for more information on healthy travel.
- If you are sick
- Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid contact with other people to keep from infecting them.
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