Message from the University Health Center about Novel Coronavirus in China

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The following message was sent to the university community by the University Health Center.

Dear UMD community,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (“2019-nCoV”) first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Reportedly, most patients have had links to a large seafood and live animal market, and there is limited person-to-person spread.  The CDC is closely monitoring the situation and is working with the World Health Organization (WHO). It is important to know that based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is deemed to be low at this time.

Individuals visiting the UHC are screened during their appointment for recent international travel.  Those who have traveled from China to the United States will be asked questions about their health and travel history.  We advise you to seek medical care and alert a healthcare provider if you have traveled to Wuhan City within the past 14 days and are experiencing a fever with or without respiratory symptoms.

For more information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, click here.

As a reminder, seasonal influenza activity in the United States and in Maryland continues to be high.

The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu.  If you are already in the area, the University Health Center still has flu vaccines available, and it’s not too late to get yours. Schedule an appointment for a flu shot at or call 301.314.8180. 

If you have underlying health conditions or take medications that suppress your immune system:   

  • It is especially important to get your yearly flu shot to prevent complications. 
  • If you develop flu symptoms (fever with a cough or sore throat), please see your healthcare provider within 24-48 hours.  

For more information about the seasonal flu and ways to stay healthy, please visit the CDC’s website.