For Immediate Release

Maine Health Alert Network (HAN) System

To: Healthcare Providers
From: Dr. Siiri Bennett, State Epidemiologist
Subject: Update and Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Date / Time: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 1:30pm
Abstract: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor an outbreak of a 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that began in December 2019. CDC has established an Incident Management System to coordinate a domestic and international public health response.Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses.

Some cause illness in people; numerous other coronaviruses 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 Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) ( ) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) ( ).

•No cases of 2019-nCoV have been identified in Maine.
•Providers should test patients with respiratory symptoms for more common pathogens, such as influenza, RSV, rhinovirus, etc.,and ask about travel history.