The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) continue to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illnesses caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
The initial reports of the outbreak suggested a link to a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan City; however, there is now evidence of broader person to person transmission. Cases are being reported from other parts of China and other countries, including the U.S.
The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020, with the first case of person-to-person transmission in the U.S. reported on January 30, 2020 in a close contact to a confirmed case. More cases are likely to be identified in the United States and other countries in the coming days, and it is likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur. The goal of the CDC and the MSDH response is to identify cases as quickly as possible and prevent further spread of COVID-19 in the United States.
MSDH is continuing to monitor this rapidly evolving situation and will continue to provide up to date guidance and information as it becomes available.
For Physicians and Healthcare Providers
Travelers to China: The CDC has issued a Travel Warning recommending that all non-essential travel to China be avoided. The U.S. Department of State has also issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory to China.
Travelers returning to the U.S.: If you were recently in mainland China, and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left mainland China, you should follow the CDC's recommendations for safely seeking medical care. These include notifying the doctor's office or emergency room before you visit, and advising them of your travel history and symptoms
Cases of COVID-19 have been identified in several U.S. states. While limited person-to-person transmission has been documented, there is no ongoing sustained transmission in the U.S.
The risk of infection to the Mississippi public continues to be low. To date, there are no cases in Mississippi and no suspects under investigation for potential infection.
- Mississippi confirmed cases: 0
- Mississippi people under investigation (PUI): 0