Update and Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Indiana Health Alert Network Notification – January 23, 2020

As of January 21, 2020, several hundred human infections with a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed in China with at least 17 reported deaths. Additionally, exported cases have been reported in Japan, Thailand, South Korea, and the United States (Washington State). Initially most infected people reported exposure to a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan City, suggesting a potential zoonotic origin. However, a growing number of cases, including the exported cases, did not report visiting the market, indicating limited person-to-person transmission. 

Prevention and control measures are being implemented in several cities in China and traveler screenings are now in place in the US at the three primary ports of entry for travelers from Wuhan, including Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), and New York (JFK). Screenings will also take place at Atlanta (ATL) and Chicago (ORD) airports starting the weekend of January 25. The CDC has not issued guidance at this time for screening at the Indianapolis (IND) airport.

Read the full Health Alert here (PDF file)

Download Laboratory Testing Algorithm for Patients with Suspect 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (PDF file)

Download Specimen Collection Approval and Submission Guidelines (PDF file)