CONCORD, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services says two people in the state are being tested for possibly having the novel coronavirus.
Both of the individuals had recently traveled to Wuhan, China before developing respiratory symptoms. Apparently, their illness is mild and they both sought out medical treatment.
Samples for the two have been sent to the CDC for testing. They remain in isolation until those test results comes back.
Health officials in New Hampshire are working to prevent the spread of the virus within the Granite State.
"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," State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan said. "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. This is a rapidly changing situation, and we remain committed to providing timely updates to residents of New Hampshire and our health care providers."
Symptoms of the virus can include fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Currently, there aren't any vaccines available, so officials recommend taking the same precautions as with the flu — including washing your hands frequently with soap and water.
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