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Coronavirus prevention in Allen County

So far the Coronavirus threat hasn't made its way to Allen County and steps already in place to make sure it doesn't.

Posted: Jan 27, 2020 10:17 PM
Updated: Jan 28, 2020 5:54 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan said you can never be too careful when you're traveling to and from Allen County, especially now that the Coronavirus has reached the U.S.

"Right now we don't know how contagious it is, we don't know the incubation period. We don't know the severity of illness so those are things that are all being studied right now. I look for us to have that information within the next week or so from the CDC which will change how we prepare here in Allen County," she explained.

Allen County Health Department

There have been more than 2,000 cases and dozens of deaths overseas.

McMahan said they're working closely with providers to make sure people are aware of the virus.

The Allen County Department of Health already has things in place for prevention like the travel clinic.

"I'm sad so many people don't know about it. We started it at the health department because it's hard for private providers to carry the vaccines because they expire quickly, so it's very expensive for your private physician and your primary doctor to carry those vaccines. We have a very robust traveling community that goes to high-risk places," she added.

At the travel clinic, you can get vaccines and other things recommended by the CDC for protection for the specific places you're going.

"Whenever we're going to an area like that we'll prescribe an anti-malarial. We'll also prescribe an antibiotic to take for traveler’s diarrhea. It's at costs. It's a way to encourage people who are traveling not to minimize that risk," McMahan said.

Symptoms to look for include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

At this time, the CDC says symptoms may appear in two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

To learn more about the travel clinic click here.

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