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Ohio Investigating Two Possible Coronavirus Cases

Health officials are investigating two possible cases of the coronavirus in southern Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Two Miami University students with a recent travel history have submitted samples that have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for analysis, said ODH spokesperson Melanie Amato.

“The CDC hopes to have those results to us by the end of week. They are not confirmed cases,” Amato said.

As of Monday, the CDC reported there were five confirmed cases in the U.S. including two in California, one in Washington, one in Illinois and one in Arizona. All have been linked to people who traveled to the Wuhan region in China where the virus was first found. More than 70 possible cases are pending in 26 states, according to the CDC.

On Monday the CDC issued updated travel guidance for China, recommending that people avoid all nonessential travel to anywhere in the country.

The immediate health risk from the coronavirus to the general American public is considered low at this time, according to information on the CDC website.

However, risk is dependent on exposure and some people will have greater risk of infection, for example, healthcare workers caring for patients and other close contacts.

 

This is a breaking news story. We will continue to update it throughout the day.

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