MDHHS investigates doable circumstances of novel coronavirus 2019 outbreak in Michigan

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The Michigan Division of Well being and Human Companies is investigating potential circumstances of the novel coronavirus 2019 outbreak.


The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China, however has unfold to over 100 confirmed circumstances in China — with a rising variety of worldwide circumstances.

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention reviews that the virus’ signs start to seem wherever from two to 14 days after publicity, and might vary in severity from gentle sickness to dying. 

“At MDHHS, we acknowledge the potential menace related to this virus and are working to establish any suspect circumstances in Michigan,”  Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical govt and chief deputy for well being, mentioned in a information launch. “Our objective is to shortly establish people with the virus and forestall any potential unfold. We encourage healthcare suppliers to stay vigilant in screening sufferers for signs and journey historical past, and to contact their native well being departments instantly in the event that they see a possible case.”


The CDC supplies the one accepted testing for the virus. There have been collections of specimens from three folks in Michigan — two from Washtenaw County and one from Macomb County — which were accepted by the MDHHS to obtain additional testing on the CDC.

All Michigan circumstances offered with solely gentle sickness, and the people are anticipated to obtain testing outcomes inside a number of days. Those that have been in shut contact with the people are being intently monitored by native well being departments.

The Michigan State Laboratory is ready to proceed to obtain and ship specimen to the CDC, however the Federal Drug Administration and state public well being laboratories are working to make testing extra accessible.


Nationally, there have been two confirmed cases in the United States — one within the state of Washington and the opposite in Illinois.

Anybody experiencing decrease respiratory sickness, coughing, issue respiratory, fever, and shortness of breath are thought of for specimen assortment for the CDC, together with those that have lately visited Wuhan or people who have come into contact with somebody who has lately visited Wuhan. The CDC has additionally applied public well being screenings in 5 airports for vacationers from Wuhan.

These experiencing signs ought to name their well being care supplier earlier than arriving, in order that preventative measures can happen. Well being care suppliers are urged to remain vigilant in regard to affected person journey historical past and signs as a way to decrease potential unfold.


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