Raleigh-Durham airport traveler does not have coronavirus, NC heath officials say

Raleigh-Durham airport traveler does not have coronavirus, NC heath officials say

Raleigh-Durham airport traveler does not have coronavirus, NC heath officials say

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a possible case of coronavirus in the state.

Negative results came in Saturday from testing performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Although this person is unlikely to have been infected with the novel 2019 coronavirus, we conduct tests with caution", said Dr. Zack Moore, State Epidemiologist.

The health department says the possibly affected person flew into Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Thursday.

Since the first coronavirus infections were diagnosed in Wuhan City, China, the virus has killed at least 26 people in China and infected hundreds more worldwide, The News & Observer previously reported.

At Tennessee Tech University, a student is being kept in isolation as officials await test results for the highly contagious coronavirus.

So far, there are only two confirmed cases in the United States. They recently traveled to China and passed through Wuhan City, where the outbreak started, but had not visited the seafood and animal market that was linked to many early cases. Also, an additional 50 people are under investigation in 22 states.

State officials said the person wore a mask while at the airport and did not appear to have close contact with others. "Arrangements were made to pretty rapidly take the person where they could be fully assessed".

On Saturday, Duke University announced that Duke Kunshan University in China has postponed all classes until February 17 in response to concern over the outbreak overseas.

Travelers to Wuhan who develop fever or breathing difficulties, including coughing and breathing difficulties, within 14 days of leaving Wuhan should contact their doctor immediately and call in advance before going to the clinic, emergency room, or emergency room to take appropriate measures can be taken to avoid exposing others. "If you haven't traveled to Wuhan in the past two weeks, your risk of infection with this virus is very low".

Testing for the 2019 coronavirus is now only available at the CDC. Campus access is restricted to essential personnel until February 15.

Although coronavirus has been featured prominently in the news, it's still most likely that respiratory illness in North Carolina will be caused by the flu or a common cold.

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