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Aggressive action necessary to counter the 'unprecedented threat' of coronavirus, CDC says


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SOURCE: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/aggressive-action-necessary-counter-unprecedented-threat-coronavirus-cdc-says-n1128671
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday defended what it called "aggressive actions" to control the spread of the new coronavirus in the United States, including stern advisories against traveling to China and mandatory federal quarantines for those arriving from the part of China with the vast majority of cases.The characterization comes as the agency is working to provide state and local health departments with the tools needed to diagnose the virus themselves.Currently, the CDC headquarters in Atlanta is the only place in the country with a test for the new coronavirus. As of Monday morning, Chinese health officials had reported more than 17,000 patients, and more than 360 deaths.The CDC called the outbreak in China "explosive" and "unprecedented.""We are preparing as if this were the next pandemic," Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a call with journalists Monday.She said the Department of State — which last week, issued a "do not travel" advisory for China — is planning to pull out additional U.S. citizens from Hubei province in the coming days.

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