Dutchess County works to protect residents from novel coronavirus

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health reminds residents that coronaviruses are an extremely common family of viruses that can cause fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.

A novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Over time and with person-to-person spread occurring, cases have been identified beyond China facilitated by international travel. Currently, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people, but the situation is evolving rapidly.

Cases have been identified within the United States associated with travel from China, but there has been no evidence of sustained transmission.

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