January 29, 2020

Guidance for the Identification of Persons with Suspected 2019 Novel Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Louisiana Office of Public Health continue to closely monitor an outbreak of a 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, most of which cause mild respiratory infection. There are four coronaviruses that are currently circulating in the U.S.: 229E (alpha coronavirus), NL63 (alpha coronavirus), OC43 (beta coronavirus), and HKU1 (beta coronavirus). These coronaviruses are easily detectable though commercial respiratory virus testing. They are distinct from the 2019-nCoV, MERS and SARS. Patients testing positive for any of these endemic coronaviruses should be managed in the same way as patients with other respiratory infections....

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About the Louisiana Ambulance Alliance

The Louisiana Ambulance Alliance (LAA) is a diverse group of EMS providers who promote emergency medical transport as a distinct concern in Louisiana; serve as a forum for a unified voice for healthcare providers, public officials, healthcare workers, educators and consumers working to improve emergency medical transport in Louisiana; provide a forum for the exchange and distribution of ideas and information related to the improvement of emergency medical transport; serve as an advocate for emergency medical transport, promoting improved health status and improvements to the health system for residents of Louisiana; and encourage the development of appropriate health resources for Louisiana. 

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