Wisconsin confirms case of coronavirus in patient who traveled to China

Henrietta Strickland
February 6, 2020

Public health officials in Wisconsin have confirmed a case of the new coronavirus in that state, bringing the national total to 12. The person arrived in Madison on January 30, said Janel Heinrich, director of public health for Madison and Dane County.

The adult patient traveled to Beijing before falling ill, and was exposed to people with the virus while traveling in China, officials with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said.

They said, although they will are not releasing the individual's identity, officials have been in contact with everyone who may have been exposed to the patient.

"DHS is operating with an abundance of caution and is working very closely with the local health department and UW Hospital and Clinics to ensure that this patient and any close contacts are closely monitored", State Health Officer Jeanne Ayers said. Positive test results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came back on Wednesday morning.

"The risk to Wisconsin residents in general is extremely low", Westergaard said.

Health officials said in a statement Wednesday that the patient is isolated and is "doing well", but state health officials would not say where they are located, their age or any other details.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, home to more than 40,000 students, banned student travel to China last week.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Other states with confirmed coronavirus cases include California, with six cases, Illinois, with two cases, and Washington, Arizona and MA, each with one case.

The outbreak of the new type of coronavirus has infected more than 24,500 globally, with all but a couple hundred of those in China.

According to the DHS website, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness in people and animals.

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