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Two N.H. residents being monitored for possible coronavirus after travel to Wuhan, China

  • FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020 photo, a man wears a face mask as he walks past a display for the upcoming Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat, in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. A virus that has killed more than two dozen people and sickened hundreds more has all but shut down China's biggest holiday of the year, the Lunar New Year. Instead of family reunions or sightseeing trips, many of the country's 1.4-billion people are hunkering down as the country scrambles to prevent the illness from spreading further. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File) Mark Schiefelbein

  • A worker wearing a hazardous materials suit takes the temperature of a passenger at the entrance to a subway station in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The new virus accelerated its spread in China, and the U.S. Consulate in the epicenter of the outbreak, the central city of Wuhan, announced Sunday it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) Mark Schiefelbein

  • A conductor wears a face mask as a train arrives at a subway station in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. China broadened its unprecedented, open-ended lockdowns to encompass around 25 million people Friday to try to contain a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds, though the measures' potential for success is uncertain. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) Mark Schiefelbein

Published: 1/27/2020 5:13:22 PM

Two people in New Hampshire who traveled to Wuhan, China, have flu-like symptoms and are being monitored by health officials to determine if they have been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to officials.

“There are currently two individuals in New Hampshire with recent travel to Wuhan City, China, who have developed respiratory symptoms and are currently undergoing testing for novel coronavirus. These people have more mild illness, but both sought healthcare for their illnesses and are recovering. They remain isolated until test results are available,” the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services wrote in a press release.

Samples from the two patients have been sent to the Center for Disease Control for testing. If it comes back positive that a case of coronavirus is in New Hampshire, health officials said they will share that information and issue protective recommendations for the affected parties and the public as quickly as possible.

“The novel coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and it is still unknown how easily it spreads, but person-to-person transmission has been identified,” health officials said.

Symptoms of the viral illness have included fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. No vaccines have yet been developed.

“The risk to our communities in New Hampshire is low, but we want to identify people who may be infected with this new coronavirus in order to prevent spread,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan. “We have recommended that healthcare providers conduct travel screenings and implement isolation practices for patients with a fever or respiratory illness who report travel to this affected region of China.”

As of Monday afternoon, five cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed in the U.S., none closer than Illinois. All had traveled to Wuhan in recent months.

Cases in China have surpassed 2,700, and at least 80 deaths have been reported in that country. People most severely affected have generally been older adults with underlying health conditions.

Cases have been found in more than a half-dozen other countries, from Japan and Thailand to Australia and France.

Concern about the effect of the virus has even spread to financial markets. The Dow Jones dropped 400 points Monday and the price of oil fell $10 a barrel over concern that the virus will produce an economic slowdown.




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