Samples sent for potential New York coronavirus case

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(WEHT)- A patient in New York has met the criteria to have samples sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test for coronavirus according to a press release Saturday.

The criteria include recent travel to China and symptoms consistent with coronavirus, including fever and a cough or shortness of breath not caused by other respiratory illnesses, like influenza or the cold.

Officials recommend that people who have these symptoms and recently traveled to China or came in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus to seek medical care immediately and to avoid contact with others or traveling.

The testing will take a minimum of 36-48 hours, but officials say the patient is in stable condition.

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(This story was originally published on February 1, 2020)

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