CDC and Montana public health officials are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus named COVID-19. Although the outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, cases have now been identified in a growing number of locations, including the United States.

There are ongoing investigations to learn more about the virus. It appears that transmission occurs via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes as is the case with other respiratory illnesses like the common cold or influenza.

Patients testing positive for novel coronavirus have reported symptoms including mild to severe respiratory illness with cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Service’s (DPPHS) novel coronavirus page.

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