The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and continues to expand. A number of countries, including the United States, have been actively screening incoming travelers from Wuhan. Infections with 2019-nCoV have been confirmed in Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea. The first case in the United States was identified on January 21, 2020, in a traveler returning to Washington State from Wuhan. While the CDC considers this a serious public health concern, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to those residing in the United States is considered low at this time. Nonetheless, the CDC is taking proactive preparedness precautions.
Symptoms of 2019-nCoV include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. At this time, the CDC believes that symptoms may appear within two to 14 days after exposure. If you develop any of the above mentioned signs and symptoms, you should seek medical help right away.
The Drew University Health Service is continuing to monitor the situation as it evolves. Precautionary measures such as posting signage in our waiting room with surveillance criteria have been implemented. We will work with our International Office as well as local and state Departments of Health on an as needed basis.