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Nine people in Wisconsin tested for coronavirus

Posted at 4:14 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 18:14:56-05

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says nine people have been tested for possible exposure to coronavirus.

Of those tested, two came back negative. Results are still pending on the seven other cases.

"DHS is actively monitoring this outbreak and working with our local, state, and federal partners to be able to respond quickly and effectively when people have symptoms of this virus and a likelihood of exposure," said State Health Officer Jeanne Ayers. "While all information we have so far shows there is low risk to the general public, we take new infectious diseases seriously and are taking precautions."

DHS is working closely with local health departments to stay on top of the outbreak, including conducting interviews, collecting specimens, and following up with patients.

There are no plans to do screenings at any Wisconsin airports to monitor the outbreak.

"We know people are wondering what to do to protect themselves and their families from this virus. Our best advice is to follow the same steps for avoiding colds and flu, including staying home when you’re sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and frequently washing hands." Ayers said.

People who are planning a trip to China should follow news reports and monitor this situation. People who have returned from China and are feeling sick should contact their health care provider and let them know about the travel and symptoms before going to a clinic, office, or emergency room.

Given the flu is also a serious respiratory disease, health officials are encouraging everyone to get a flu shot, if you are able.

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