The Southern Nevada Health District reported Wednesday the first person under investigation in Nevada for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV), according to a news release. The patient will be monitored and under medical supervision while testing is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, Nevada has no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus.
"We've had an all-hands meeting with the people from the local health department, the hospital where the patient is in isolation and at the state here at KDHE", KDHE Secretary Lee Norman said in a video distributed by the department. "Even as Kentucky is not under direct threat from this virus, our health experts are taking proper measures to ensure the public has the most accurate information".
Information on the novel coronavirus is posted on the Health Department website.
"We understand that some people are anxious about this virus and how it may impact Kentuckians".
"All throughout the flu season I'm looking to see what's going on with the flu in Kansas and Missouri", said Mosaic Life Care's Dr. Scott Folk, an infectious disease specialist.
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. However, a growing number of patients diagnosed with 2019-nCoV have not reported exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. However, limited information is available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness associated with this illness.
Currently, the CDC is the only entity that can test for 2019-nCOV.
According to the World Health Organization, signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, and cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. There is now no vaccine for 2019-nCoV, but like any respiratory viral illness it is recommended to practice good health hygiene habits.
The division noted that the home and workplace precautions for the virus are similar to those for the flu and include frequent washing of hands and covering one's mouth when coughing.
The CDC has already begun screening people who travel from Wuhan to the USA for fevers and other signs of illness at airports in Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX).