The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an official health update in connection with its close monitoring of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Initially detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, additional cases have been identified in other locations throughout the world, including the United States. The World Health Organization has announced an official name for the disease caused by this virus – COVID-19.
On January 21, 2020, the first U.S. case-patient was identified; and since that time (as of February 13, 2020), thirteen additional cases1 have been confirmed in the United States. Although additional information about the 2019-nCoV is required to fully understand this disease, the U.S. has mounted an ongoing public health response to actively identifying and help contain the outbreak of this disease, and to help prevent a sustained spread.
For more information concerning 2019-nCoV and its current status, we encourage you to visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, February 12). CDC Confirms 14th Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus [Media Statement]. Retrieved February 13, 2020 from https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s-14-convid-case.html