The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPC) along with the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to closely monitor the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named 2019-nCoV).
- Local, State and Federal health officials are responding to concerns related to the novel Coronavirus. This respiratory virus was first detected in Wuhan, China and has now been discovered internationally, including in 4 states in the U.S. (Washington, California, Arizona, Illinois). There are 36 states with patients under investigation (PUI).
- At this time, there are two confirmed cases in Illinois. Illinois’ 2nd patient is a relative within the same household of Illinois’ first confirmed patient. This is the United States’ first case of person-to-person transmission in a patient who had not visited Wuhan, China in recent days. Both patients are listed in stable condition and are in insolation as a precaution.
- Local health departments are conducting health assessments of residents possibly exposed to novel coronavirus as a way to prevent further transmission of the virus. State health officials advise that 21 individuals in Illinois are patients under investigation. Any questions relating to these cases should be directed to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- Symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness w/ fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
If a person has recently traveled to Wuhan, China and experiences any of these symptoms they are urged to call their health-care provider and/or local health department to determine the next steps for assessment and treatment.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers the following guidance for prevention:
- Wash your hands, often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
For more info from the CDC and Cook County Department of Public Health go to: