State of Alaska/DHSS Press Release
Emerging Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
No Confirmed Cases of Novel Coronavirus in Alaska
Updated February 6, 2020
The Alaska Section of Epidemiology is closely monitoring the rapidly-emerging outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States. There are currently no confirmed cases in Alaska. We are working with CDC and other state and local public health partners to respond to this emerging public health threat.
First identified in the 1960s, coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface. There are seven coronaviruses that can infect people. People around the world commonly get infected with these four human coronaviruses: 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1.
Sometimes coronaviruses that infect animals can evolve and make people sick, and become a new human coronavirus. The following three coronaviruses are examples of this, and are known to cause severe disease. Information on these three coronaviruses can be found below.
In Alaska, providers must immediately report suspected cases of any of the following to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology (SOE) at (907) 269-8000.
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Wuhan, China
On January 9, 2020, the World Health Organization reported that a novel (new) coronavirus had been preliminarily identified by Chinese authorities. The virus is associated with an outbreak of pneumonia that started in late December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
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