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2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Wuhan, China
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    This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. Updated January 17, 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in more than 40 confirmed human infections in China with two deaths reportedexternal icon. A number of countries are actively screening incoming travelers from Wuhan and exported cases have been confirmed in Thailandexternal icon and Japanexternal icon. Chinese health authorities posted the full genome of the so-called “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV” in GenBankexternal icon, the NIH genetic sequence database, and in the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAIDexternal icon) portal. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people such as has been seen with MERS and SARS. Many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China have reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Some patients in the outbreak reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, suggesting that some limited person-to-person spread is occurring. There are ongoing investigations to learn more. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
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