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Last Update 1/31/2020
– The City of Milwaukee Health Department continues to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV). There are currently no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in the City of Milwaukee.

What is 2019-nCoV?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others among animals. 2019-nCoV is a new coronavirus that can cause mild to severe illness.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, kidney failure, and even death.

How does it spread?

2019-nCoV spreads through person-to-person transmission which suggests that the virus is found in droplets that are produced by the throat and nose. Individuals with 2019-nCoV can spread the virus when they cough, sneeze, or contact unprotected individuals.

Who is most at risk?

Individuals who have had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with 2019-nCoV are most at risk of infection. For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV is considered low at this time.

How can I protect myself?

  • To prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV and other illnesses, clean hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid contact with sick individuals.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick. 

Additional Resources:

Guidance for Travelers

Information for Laboratorians

Information for Health Care Provider


For additional information, guidance and resources, please visit the CDC’s 2019-nCoV information page or the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.