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CDC Health Advisory: Outbreak of Pneumonia of Unknown Etiology in Wuhan, China



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Advisory regarding a reported cluster of pneumonia of unknown etiology (PUE) with possible epidemiologic links to a large wholesale fish and live animal market in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. An outbreak investigation by local officials is ongoing in China; the World Health Organization (WHO) is the lead international public health agency. Currently, there are no known U.S. cases nor have cases been reported in countries other than China. CDC has established an Incident Management Structure to optimize domestic and international coordination if additional public health actions are required.

This HAN Advisory informs state and local health departments and health care providers about this outbreak and requests that health care providers ask patients with severe respiratory disease about travel history to Wuhan City. Wuhan City is a major transportation hub about 700 miles south of Beijing with a population of more than 11 million people.

Suspected cases should be reported immediately by phone to the San Francisco Department of Public Health at (415) 554 – 2830. If calling after hours, follow instructions to reach the on-call physician.

The CDC notification has been posted on the SFDPH Disease Prevention & Control website at https://www.sfcdcp.org/health-alerts-emergencies/health-alerts/ .

Direct link to this advisory: https://www.sfcdcp.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/CDC-Health-Advisory-PUE-Wuhan-China-and-Cover-FINAL-01.08.2020.pdf


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