CDC’s Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Seven Confirmed Cases in the US, Thousands of Confirmed Cases in China

February 4, 2020

Photo Credit: Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided a situational update and interim guidance to state and local health departments. CDC continues to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was initially detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.

In the Feb. 1 CDC Health Update, CDC shared that “recommendations for screening of patients for possible 2019-nCoV infection are based on (1) current knowledge of the characteristics of clinical illness observed in early cases, and (2) the geographic distribution of current cases. They reflect the current public health goal of rapidly containing and preventing transmission of 2019-nCoV illness.”

Read the update for more information on 2019 Novel Coronavirus and recommendations for health providers.

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