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Local health experts say the coronavirus is a low threat in The United States

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Its making headline news across the world, coronavirus, a new virus strain that the CDC is diligently working on to stop from spreading.

Local health officials and the CDC report that this virus is a low threat to the United States, as the virus originated in Wuhan City, China.

To control this virus, health organizations like the CDC, the World Health Organization, and other labs across the world are screening people at airports upon entry or connected flights through Wuhan City.

This coronavirus strain is unknown, so the CDC named it, novel-coronavirus.

The CDC reports that human coronaviruses are common throughout the world; there are seven different forms that scientist is knowledgeable about. Some Coronaviruses strains that have made waves across the globe are, SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning these viruses are transmitted from animals to people, the animal linked to the novel-coronavirus has not been identified.

Megan Meller, Infection Preventionist at Gundersen Health System, said it is a community effort among multiple countries to address this virus.

"Anything new can be scary, but from what we know of this virus so far, is nothing really to be scared about," Meller said. "The novel-coronavirus is nothing at the same level as influenza or measles, which we do have over in this country."

Scientists report symptoms of this virus is like the common cold, runny nose, sore throat, fever, cough, and lower respiratory pain.

Local health officials state that most germs and viruses can be prevented from entering the body from hand washing.

"If you are sick for anything, always remember to cover your mouth when you cough; make sure that you're not sneezing in other people's faces, and if you're sick, stay home," said Jacquie Cutts, Health Nursing Manager at the La Crosse County Health Department.

There is one reported case in the United States of someone infected with the novel-coronavirus in the state of Washington. The individual had traveled to Wuhan City.

In China so far, a little over 300 cases of novel-coronavirus infections have been confirmed, resulting in six or more deaths.

To learn more about what the CDC is doing to inform the public about the novel-coronavirus and more visit their official website here.

Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford is a multi-media journalist.

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