Symptoms have ranged from a mild illness (like a common cold) to severe pneumonia requiring hospitalization.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has announced that four new patients have been tested for the Wuhan coronavirus. "But this is why we say the risk to the general population is low", Westergaard said. However, multiple agencies are working to prevent possible transmission to others who may have cared for the patient. Of those 14, seven have tested negative and six are pending - one case was confirmed in Dane County on February 5. Wisconsin would make 12.
Wisconsin has had around a dozen tests for the virus, all of which had come back negative until now. "We are coordinating with the CDC, DHS, and local health authorities". They did not say if the four were connected to the confirmed case.
"We treat this like other diseases that we've prepared for like Ebola or things like that", said Dr. Joseph Krien, regional chair of clinical practice for Mayo Clinic Health System. "They are listening to our directions and they have been extremely compliant to home isolation at this point", Respiratory Disease Epidemiologist Tom Haupt said at a DHS press conference on Monday.
Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, which may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after someone is exposed to the virus.
"At this time, the risk of getting sick from 2019 novel coronavirus is very low", Jeanne Ayers, administrator for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, said during a call Wednesday afternoon with journalists. That means you should cover your coughs and practice good hygiene.
Health officials said those who came into direct contact with the infected person, including UW emergency room staff who interacted with the patient, are also being evaluated.
"Already in the United States, influenza has killed about 8,000 people".