NAPERVILLE, IL — Naperville city officials recently released an update advising residents to take “prevention measures” against coronavirus. In the meantime, the city says it continues to work with federal and state partners to keep an eye on the “worldwide outbreak of coronavirus,” which has now been confirmed in at least four people throughout Illinois.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that include the common cold as well as much more serious diseases. The strain that emerged in China in late 2019, now called COVID-19, is related to others that have caused serious outbreaks in recent years, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the U.S. was on Jan. 21.

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