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Coronavirus Continues To Take Its’ Toll

U.S. health officials are currently monitoring 110 people across 26 states for the coronavirus, including the five patients who contracted the deadly infection in China and brought it back to this country. The disease, which has killed at least 106 people in China and sickened more than 2,800 worldwide, isn’t spreading within communities in the U.S. and the Centers for Disease Control says the risk to the public right now is still low. Dubuque Public Health Specialist Mary Rose Corrigan says this is the first time they have seen this particular virus and it makes it challenging. Last week, health officials in Dubuque met at the Bi-Hospital Infection Control meeting to discuss the latest on the deadly virus. The bi-hospitals include staff from both Finley and Mercy. The symptoms include difficulty breathing, coughing and fever. Corrigan says people should take the same preventative measures to protect themselves just as they would for any respiratory disease. Corrigan says these viruses look like a lot of things, and she doesn’t want people to get them confused. There have been no confirmed cases of the deadly virus in Dubuque and the Tri-State area, however six UW-Platteville students, who just returned from a trip to China, are being monitored.

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