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The 2019 coronavirus has drawn similarities with Extreme Acute Respiratory Syndrome, a coronavirus that killed greater than 700 individuals in 2002-2003.

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A affected person at Hackensack College Medical Heart who was evaluated Thursday night time for attainable infection with the coronavirus that has triggered worldwide concern of a attainable epidemic doesn’t have the illness, the hospital mentioned.

“After an analysis of the affected person and consulting with the State Division of Well being, consultants have decided the affected person doesn’t have the Wuhan coronavirus,” Nancy Radwin, a hospital spokeswoman, mentioned in a press release issued at 10:55 p.m.

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The affected person, a 25-year-old lady, was transported to the hospital on Thursday night by the Edgewater Emergency Medical Providers, in line with EMS sources. The hospital mentioned it might present no additional details about her situation, to guard her privateness. 

Tips issued by the state Division of Well being on Wednesday mentioned respiratory samples can be despatched to the federal Facilities for Illness Management in Atlanta to check for the brand new coronavirus solely with the approval of the division.

To be examined, the affected person will need to have a fever of 100.four levels or extra, signs of decrease respiratory sickness corresponding to a cough and shortness of breath, and a historical past of journey from Wuhan, China inside the earlier two weeks or shut contact with an individual below investigation for an infection with the virus whereas that individual was sick.

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In the course of the interval whereas data was being gathered in regards to the affected person, the hospital adopted strict an infection management measures as a precaution, a spokesman for the state Well being Division mentioned. 

No data was accessible about whether or not the affected person had traveled from China, or what her signs have been.   

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The new type of virus has sickened greater than 800 individuals in China, most within the central metropolis of Wuhan. It causes respiratory sickness, together with pneumonia, and has unfold to different cities in China in addition to to Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and different international locations. Seventeen deaths have been reported in China, most amongst individuals with underlying medical circumstances.

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On Wednesday, the federal Facilities for Illness Management confirmed the first case in the United States, in a resident of Snohomish County, Washington who had returned from a visit to Wuhan. 

A scholar at Texas A & M College who had returned from a go to to Wuhan and complained of respiratory sickness was reportedly being evaluated for coronavirus on Thursday. The scholar had very delicate signs and was being quarantined at house, a county well being official mentioned at a day information convention.

New or novel viruses are of concern as a result of people lack immunity to them and there aren’t any vaccines or particular therapies. The sufferers have been handled with supportive care. 

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The New Jersey affected person being evaluated was transferred from an handle on River Highway in Edgewater that’s house to the Riverside Medical Group workplaces.

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On Wednesday, the state Division of Well being distributed steering to well being professionals in regards to the standards to make use of in evaluating sufferers. As a result of many respiratory viruses are circulating throughout this season, it’s troublesome to instantly establish sufferers with this virus, often known as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.”

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The illness originated in a fish and animal market in Wuhan, and was believed to have been transmitted from animals to people. The extent of human-to-human transmission remains to be unknown.

“Individual-to-person transmission remains to be being evaluated however seems to be occurring inside case households and within the well being care setting,” the New Jersey well being division mentioned.

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The Chinese language authorities has shared the genetic profile of the virus with world well being officers, and the CDC has developed a speedy take a look at for it. Samples from respiratory swabs of sufferers who met the factors can be despatched to the CDC in Atlanta to substantiate whether or not or not that they had the brand new virus.

President Donald Trump, talking outdoors the World Financial Discussion board in Davos Wednesday, mentioned he was not involved about the potential for a pandemic. “We’ve it completely below management,” he mentioned.

Earlier this week, New Jersey’s two U.S. senators, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, requested for the CDC so as to add Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport to the checklist of 5 airports the place arriving passengers are screened for attainable an infection with the virus. The airport is the fifth busiest worldwide airport within the nation, they mentioned.  

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Screening began final week at John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport in New York, San Francisco Worldwide, and Los Angeles Worldwide, and was added Tuesday at Chicago O’Hare and Atlanta Hartsfield.

In 2014, Hackensack was one among three hospitals in New Jersey to be chosen to arrange to deal with any sufferers recognized with Ebola, a extremely contagious and lethal virus then spreading in West Africa. A staff of emergency room and infectious illness professionals ready, however in the end didn’t deal with any Ebola sufferers. 

Lindy Washburn is a senior healthcare reporter for NorthJersey.com. To maintain up-to-date about how adjustments within the medical world have an effect on the well being of you and your loved ones, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

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