La Crosse County Health Department is working to monitor for and prevent the spread of a new virus, called novel coronavirus.
News outlets have shared many stories about the novel coronavirus. While there are many types of coronavirus, this strain is new and was first found in Wuhan, China. Cases of this virus have since been found in several other countries, including the United States. Testing is underway for possible cases in Wisconsin. The risk to Americans is considered low at this time.
Symptoms of novel coronavirus are flu-like and include fever, cough, shortness of breath and trouble breathing. In more severe cases, pneumonia can occur. If you have these symptoms and in the past two weeks have traveled to Hubei Province, China or been in contact with someone who has, contact your healthcare provider.
You can protect yourself by:
- Washing your hands often with soap and warm water
- Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Staying home from work or school if you are sick
- Avoiding others who are sick
When new diseases happen, experts work together to protect Americans. La Crosse County Health Department is working closely with WI Department of Health Services (DHS), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and local health care providers to monitor novel coronavirus.
What you can do: