Health Officials Test 3 Michigan Residents for Coronavirus

January 24, 2020, 3:16 PM

(Photo: CDC/Dr. Fred Murphy)


The Centers for Disease Control is testing three people to determine if they've contracted Novel Coronavirus, a respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan, China.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) said it evaluated referrals for two people in Washtenaw County and one in Macomb County and forwarded them for federal testing. Results are expected within several days. 

The Michigan cases involve mild illness, the state said.

"These individuals are self-isolating and local health departments are closely monitoring anyone who has been in close contact with them," a statement says.

“At MDHHS, we recognize the potential threat associated with this virus and are working to identify any suspect cases in Michigan,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive. “Our goal is to quickly identify individuals with the virus and prevent any potential spread.

"We encourage healthcare providers to remain vigilant in screening patients for symptoms and travel history, and to contact their local health departments immediately if they see a potential case.”

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