NC hospital patient tests negative for virus, DKU shuts its doors

The state Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a possible coronavirus infection of a person who arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Thursday.

The potential victim, a Raleigh resident, recently visited China's Wuhan City, where the viral outbreak is believed to have originated, the DHHS reports.

"The patient presented with mild respiratory symptoms and is now in good condition and being cared for in isolation at Duke University Hospital", DHHS said in a news release.

Anyone who traveled to Wuhan and who develop a fever or respiratory symptoms, including cough and difficulty breathing within 14 days of leaving Wuhan should contact their doctor right away and should call ahead before going to the clinic, urgent care or emergency room so appropriate steps can be taken to avoid exposing others.

There now have been just two cases of coronavirus in the United States - one in the Seattle area and another in Chicago.

No cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in North Carolina.

Coronavirus 2019 tests are now only available from CDC. "Although it is a major concern, and something we take very seriously, the risk to the general public in North Carolina is extremely low at this point".

Amidst the growing fear in China, Duke Kunshan University announced that classes would be suspended until February 17. "The highest priority was the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff".

The CDC is monitoring developments around an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel or new coronavirus. It was first identified last month in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, which is on the eastern side of the country.

Doctors can arrange tests for people with signs of infection and recent trips to affected areas or contact with an infected person through local or state health authorities. While not stating what the infection was, the press release mentioned that respiratory infections this time of year are most likely related to influenza or viruses that cause the common cold. They should cover their mouths with a mask or a bandanna or get one as soon as they get to a healthcare facility.

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