Miss. Dept. of Health hosts briefing on coronavirus outbreak

Updated: Jan. 31, 2020 at 11:07 AM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Mississippi Department of Health hosted a press briefing Friday to discuss the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier this week, the United States advised no travel into China as the outbreak has infected nearly 10,000 people in just two months.

China has placed more than 50 million people in a virtual quarantine.

The severity of the virus ranges from a mild illness to severe illness and death. The Chinese death toll is over 200. No deaths have been reported outside China.

CORONAVIRUS: What you need to know

Health officials confirmed there are currently no cases in Mississippi, but they are being vigilant.

They say to take all of the normal precautions with your health and fending off germs.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

The virus shares a lot of similarities with the flu and is spread like a normal respiratory virus.

The virus, like MERS and SARS, originates in bats. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the U.S. cases are similar to the one in China, suggesting a single, recent emergence of the virus from an animal reservoir.

There’s also evidence that the virus has spread from person to person.

CDC officials say the virus is a serious public health threat.

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