Wayne County monitoring health of recent traveler to China

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Wayne County Health Department is monitoring the health of an individual who recently traveled to China in accordance with guidance established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in response to a global outbreak of novel coronavirus.

The traveler is not showing any signs of illness at this time.

Dr. David Jetmore, who became the Wayne County health officer in January, said the individual will be monitored daily for 14 days for symptoms of novel coronavirus, which can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The CDC has said the risk of widespread transmission of disease in the United States is low.

“The risk of contracting the flu is much greater than any risk from novel coronavirus in our county, but we are taking every step possible to ensure that our community stays healthy,” Jetmore said in a news release.

Like influenza, human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
• Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
• Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
• Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
• Rarely, fecal contamination.

The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For additional information about novel coronavirus, visit https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm.

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