BRAZOS COUNTY, Texas — Health officials in Texas are investigating a suspected case of 2019 novel coronavirus, the deadly new virus that’s killed more than a dozen people and sickened hundreds more in China.
Authorities said the patient in Texas, who was not identified, traveled recently from Wuhan, China, where the virus originated. The patient "met the criteria for coronavirus testing and is being kept isolated at home, while the precautionary testing is done," according to the Brazos County Health District.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday that the first American case of the deadly coronavirus strain had been confirmed in Washington state. Health officials believe the virus can spread from person-to-person, though it remained unclear Thursday just how easily the virus spread.
Officials recommend that any people who have recently traveled to Wuhan and subsequently experienced flu-like symptoms -- including fever, coughing, shortness of breath or a sore throat -- contact their health care providers.
The Brazos County Health District released the following recommendations to prevent the spread of coronavirus:
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