Officials Investigating Third Possible Case of Coronavirus in U.S.

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Heath and Human Services are investigating what they believe could be the third case of China's deadly coronavirus in the United States.

The potential victim, a Raleigh resident, recently visited China's Wuhan City, where the viral outbreak is believed to have originated, the DHHS reports. Although the person didn't shop at the Wuhan seafood market that's been linked to several cases, officials say the unidentified resident has displayed respiratory symptoms.

"We are conducting testing out of an abundance of caution," says Dr. Zack Moore, the state's epidemiologist. "If you haven’t traveled to Wuhan in the past two weeks, your risk of infection with this virus is very low."

The patient has been scheduled to be evaluated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Moore says, and is currently in isolation at Duke University Hospital.

If the coronavirus is confirmed, steps will be taken to alert and screen airline passengers and anyone else who may have come into contact with the Raleigh resident.

Check out the full report on ABC11.

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