We are currently in the height of cold and flu season, but the media has also alerted the American public to a new virus that has traveled over to the US from China, called the Coronavirus. Although this new virus is causing lots of concerns for the American public, there have not been any reports of this disease in the Town of Wilbraham. What residents need to be more concerned about right now is the Influenza virus. Flu activity is very high across the US right now and will continue to be so for weeks.
Here is a link to the CDC’s website for the most up-to-date information regarding the flu virus and what the general public needs to know about it: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/
The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. Chinese health officials have reported tens of thousands of infections with 2019-nCoV in China, with the virus reportedly spreading from person-to-person in parts of that country. Infections with 2019-nCoV, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States. Some person-to-person spread of this virus outside China has been detected. The United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on January 30, 2020.
Here is a link to the CDC’s website for the most up-to-date information regarding this virus and what the general public needs to know about the virus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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