Two Possible Cases of Coronavirus Being Tested in MN
Jennifer Lewerenz | Jan 24, 2020 AT 1:27 pm
(KNSI) - The Minnesota Department of Health says they are investigating two possible cases of coronavirus.
An alert went out earlier this week asking all healthcare providers to alert the MDH about any possible patients who are exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus such as respiratory illness or fever, who had also recently traveled to China.
In a news conference earlier today, MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm says, "While what we know today about this virus and other viruses from the same family, suggests that this is really a low immediate risk for the general public. We, of course, consider any new infectious disease a serious concern, and we are taking precautions."
The specimens were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further testing. Where the patients live, however, was not disclosed.
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that upper respiratory infections in humans, which are mostly mild, but in some cases can be fatal.
This latest outbreak seems to have come from Wuhan, China. There are 63 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including two in Washington State and one in Chicago.