No coronavirus in Vermont yet, but Health Department on the lookout for disease – Burlington Free Press

February 14, 2020




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There are no cases of the coronavirus in Vermont, but the state Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor travelers returning to Vermont from China, where the disease has infected nearly 64,000 people and killed nearly 1,400, according to the Associated Press. 

The monitoring effort in Vermont for COVID-19, as the disease is now known, is focused on people who have returned from China in the past 14 days and showed no symptoms of respiratory illness when they came back to the United States.

The health department said the risk for Vermonters from COVID-19 is currently low.

Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said Thursday federal officials are screening everyone returning to the United States from China, and is notifying the state health department if a person’s final destination is Vermont.

“Our epidemiology team then immediately reaches out to that person to assess their risk of exposure and determine what level of monitoring is indicated, and the extent to which the person may have to restrict their movements during the 14-day monitoring period,” Levine said.

Coronaviruses are common throughout the world and cause respiratory illnesses, including the common cold. COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that can cause severe illness in people, and even death.

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Like other respiratory diseases, COVID-19 is spread in the air by coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and can appear in as few as two days, or up to 14 days after exposure.

Contact Dan D’Ambrosio at 660-1841 or ddambrosio@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanDambrosioVT. 

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