The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS) also has a COVID-19 webpage with information for the public, travelers, healthcare professionals, public health partners and others.
Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best
way to prevent infection is to take the following precautions:
Tarrant County Public Health’s Emergency Preparedness staff is
working closely with the CDC and Texas Department of State Health
Services to get the latest updates on this evolving situation.
We are also updating our response plans as needed and have sent health
alerts to the Tarrant County medical community and other
TCPH is working with local hospitals on an ongoing basis to advise if patients meet CDC recommendations for testing. If we receive a confirmation of a case of novel coronavirus, further communication will be provided to the public and media.
The Coronavirus causes a respiratory illness with fever and cough, may lead to severe pneumonia and is similar to the SARS and MERS Coronaviruses. The SARS outbreak of 2003 sickened over 8,000 and about 800 people died.
Coronaviruses are part of a large family of viruses, which can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.
Symptoms are similar to the flu and include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever and a general feeling of being unwell. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems.
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