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Butler County Health still waiting for coronavirus test results from CDC

No confirmed Ohio cases yet
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Posted at 11:06 AM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 14:52:49-05

Butler County health officials are still waiting for test results of two possible novel coronavirus cases in the Tri-State.

As of Sunday afternoon, results for samples sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not been sent back. Officials sent samples to the CDC earlier this week.

A Miami University student and a companion who recently returned from a trip to China were isolated earlier this week after showing symptoms of a virus that has killed hundreds in China and made its way to the U.S.

On Wednesday, officials said both patients are "not severely ill" and they are currently in isolation to keep the illness from spreading.

U.S. officials are now advising Americans not travel to China as coronavirus spreads. China has closed transport in and outside of Wuhan, where the outbreak began. Currently, no vaccine exists to prevent contracting or transmitting coronavirus.

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The CDC confirmed six other coronavirus cases in the U.S., and officials announced the first case of person-to-person transmission Thursday after a woman returning to Chicago from Wuhan transmitted the disease to her husband.

The CDC expects many more Americans could be soon diagnosed with the virus, which is believed to have an incubation period of about two weeks.

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Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, runny nose, headache and shortness of breath. Coronavirus can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses like pneumonia or bronchitis.