February 03, 2020 Update: As of today Feb 3, 2020, the CDC has added DFW airport to the traveler screening program for incoming travelers from China. DFW is among 11 such airport locations across the US. Due to a Federal order on Friday, all travel to and from China is suspended with airlines canceling flights. We expect only US Citizens and Legal US residents being evacuated from China to return. The volume at DFW is expected to be low.
The Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) epidemic in china has advanced, with a significant increase in people infected:
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared this 2019-nCoV outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. U.S. Health and Human Services has declared a public health emergency.
In the U.S., there are 260 PUIs in 36 states; of that number, 167 tested negative and 82 are still pending.
Texas has had 15 PUI, 10 have tested negative and five are pending results from CDC. There are no confirmed cases in Texas.
Travel recommendation is now at Level 4: Do not travel to China. CDC will provide guidance for quarantine and monitoring of persons on their website today.
Tarrant County Public Health’s Department Operations Center remains activated. The Public Health team maintains regular contact with DSHS, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), school districts, hospitals and emergency management staff from across the county.
MORE INFORMATION HERE. Information is continually updated on the public health website: TCPH Coronavirus. The Corona Virus Hotline (817) 248-6299 has been activated to handle calls from the public.
February 01, 2020 Update: We have been hearing about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) for the last two weeks, Interim Fire Chief Gary Cochran stated "I want to assure all citizens that we are receiving multiple updates weekly from the CDC, Healthcare Coalition, and the Fire Department Medical Director, who have all confirmed that at this time, we do not have any confirmed cases in Texas. As many of our citizens are pilots, flight attendants, or in the airline business in some capacity and may have traveled to China within the last two weeks for their jobs, the fire department has not responded to any medical calls related to the Coronavirus."
With that said, it is paramount for everyone to follow the recommended hygiene procedures recommended by the CDC:
If there are any concerns or potential signs or symptoms anyone may have, please contact the Texas Department State Health Services, NCTTRAC, or your family physician with questions.
January 28, 2020: A new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was recently detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. The 2019-nCoV outbreak began in December 2019, and Chinese health officials have reported hundreds of 2019‑nCoV infections in China, including several that resulted in death. Several additional countries have identified cases of 2019-nCoV infection including the United States. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on monitoring the developing outbreak of 2019-nCoV.
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
It’s not clear yet how easily 2019-nCoV spreads from person to person. Many of the patients in the pneumonia outbreak caused by 2019-nCoV in Wuhan, China had some link to large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with 2019-nCoV, and investigations are ongoing.
Patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS coronaviruses.
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
If you have recently traveled or been exposed to someone who traveled to or from Wuhan, China and are experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider. Be sure to call ahead before going to your doctor’s office or emergency department to prevent any potential spread.
Currently, the CDC has issued a Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel to Wuhan, China. See the CDC’s Traveler’s Health website for the latest information: CLICK HERE
SOURCE: Texas Health and Human Services - Texas Department of State Health Services