State health officials “actively monitoring” for coronavirus

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Health officials in Kentucky say they are watching out for any potential cases of the coronavirus, which has now made it to the U.S.

There have been no confirmed or suspected cases of the virus in Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

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There have been five confirmed cases in the U.S. Health officials say all five had traveled to China, where the virus originated.

The department says the coronavirus is “a very serious public health situation” and is being carefully monitored at federal, state and local levels.

State health officials say Kentucky has a strong disease surveillance system in place that includes partnerships with hospital and clinic systems as well as local health departments. Health care providers are being asked to alert the Department for Public Health if a person with recent travel to China becomes sick with respiratory symptoms. When cases are reported, laboratory samples are collected and submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing, which can take several days.

For more information on the 2019 novel coronavirus visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.