The outbreak has also spread overseas, with cases confirmed in more than a dozen other countries, including five people in the United States.
The department is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, LMH Health and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department to identify and contact anyone who might have come into contact with the patient.
"We've had an all hands meeting with local health officials, the hospital where the patient in isolation and state health officials and I think we have a really good plan for monitoring this and if necessary to trace down any contacts".
Details: The World Health Organization announced it will organize the worldwide group "as soon as possible to work with Chinese counterparts on increasing understanding of the outbreak to guide global response efforts".
In China's northeast, the province of Heilongjiang, which homes the iconic city of Harbin, there have been 33 confirmed cases and one death. The HDOT Airports Division is following the direction of the CDC regarding any additional screening practices at airports.
Masks are particularly useful in preventing the spread of coronavirus when worn by those infected and by medical personnel who get close to patients' faces while providing care.
Fauci explained that China was now using both the antiviral remdesivir and the antiretroviral drug Kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) on a compassionate basis on some nCoV patients.
Fauci said monoclonal antibody-based therapies will be the next step in developing a possible treatment for the virus, as will a phase 1 clinical trial of a potential vaccine. "There are people who have travelled who are here, who might be incubating this virus, who might be becoming sick in the next couple of weeks", she said.
The FDA also launched a landing page, or website, for 2019-nCoV information. She said he has tested positive for the coronavirus and at this time he is in recovery in his home. Such tests would likely be able to benefit from the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization pathway, and developers are urged to follow the links and guidelines provided by the FDA.