COLUMBUS — The State Department on Thursday warned Americans to not travel to China because of the coronavirus outbreak by issuing a “level four” do-not-travel advisory.
In China the virus has infected 9,600 people and killed 213. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed six cases.
Meanwhile, the first case of person-to-person transmission of the 2019 novel coronavirus in the United States was also confirmed Thursday by the CDC.
Recently, there have been patients with confirmed coronavirus illness identified in the United States, all of whom recently traveled from the Wuhan Hubei Province in China. There have been no confirmed cases in Ohio.
On Monday (Jan. 27), Miami University of Ohio reported two possible cases of coronavirus in two students who recently returned from China, and they have been isolated and tested and are awaiting results from the CDC, the only agency that can currently test for the virus.
The 2019 novel coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan in December 2019 and has caused an outbreak of severe respiratory illnesses and a number of reported deaths. The initial source of the virus is suspected to be from an animal, according to a news release.
Other coronaviruses are transmitted from an infected person to others via respiratory droplets, close personal contact with an infected person or an object with the virus on it, or, in rare cases, contact with feces.